July 6 – Reaching the Summit of Mount Meru

Mt. Meru above the clouds

Hi, this is Kit reporting from Socialist Peak, the highest point on Mount Meru at 14,980 feet (4562 m).  We are all here safe and sound, a little worse for wear as it was a pretty tough climb and a little harder than we expected but not as cold as we expected.  We will use our cold gear to help us on Kili.

Now we will begin our descent which will be quite daunting in itself and then we will sleep.  We were up at 3:00am and it took us 5.75 hours to get here so our sleep clocks that were already out of whack are now confused a little more.  We will descend back to Saddle Camp today for the night and then back to Arusha tomorrow.