The climb from Miriakamba hut (2514m – 8248 ft) to Saddle hut (11712m – takes about 5 hours. The team awoke early, as usual, enjoyed a quick breakfast and then took to the trail. The forest continues to offer shade and views of the summit peak through the canopy every once in awhile. All have been feeling well and until now have had no problems. After using Mount Kenya’s trek for acclimatization, Mount Meru should be less of a struggle due to altitude, but is still steep and tiresome on the legs!
The team will be woken up just after midnight to attempt their second summit, Socialist’s Peak (4566m – 14980 ft). The hike will take place while it’s dark – a factor that not only helps with reducing the heat of the midday sun, but also distracts the climbers from what they are actually doing. On their way down, they will become aware of the steep ridgelines and rocky edges that camouflage themselves in the darkness. The guides take special care and will monitor the team every step of the way, assisting them over precarious sections of the trail and ensuring they make it to the summit together.
The School of St Jude is just below Mount Meru and there is not doubt that many smiling faces will be looking up at the mountain tomorrow morning as the team stands on the summit looking out past the rift valley, past Kilimanjaro, as the sun gently rises over the foothills below.
Storm clouds have moved in just over the past couple hours and we can only hope they let up before the team sets off.
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Posted by Laura Hartstone