August 7 – High Camp on Kilimanjaro

Nicholas, the BAI Kili trip leader.Nicholas just called in to the office from High Camp. It is about 6:00 pm in Tanzania. The group has already had their meal and they are settling down to sleep for a while. In just a few hours they will awake to begin climbing.

Nicholas says the weather is very clear, a good sign for tomorrow’s big summit attempt. He had told us from the Karanga Camp that the conditions had been very dry – dusty in fact. Once the team reached High Camp, they were pleased to find that they were the only people so high on the mountain. The high, flat bench at 15,700 ft (4785 meters) where we make our last camp is a fantastically beautiful spot. Expansive views of the 17,000 ft summit of Mawenzi and of the upper portion of Kibo, (19,340 ft) which Peter, Dave and Daniel will try to reach tomorrow.

Porters arriving at high-camp on Kili.We also spoke with Dave and Peter. They reported that the food has been excellent and that the team is in good spirits, acclimatizing well. On the third day on the mountain, their longest and most challenging before the summit, 7 hours of hiking had left the group very weary, but Dave decided to sprint the last 300 meters into the Boranco Camp. This feat has earned Dave a Swahali nickname from the staff that has stuck.

We hope the team rests well tonight. Tomorrow will demand a lot of effort and determination – with some luck we will get another call from the very top of Kilimanjaro from Daniel, Dave, Peter and their guides in the early morning light from the Rooftop of Africa.