3 Feb 2015: Day Two
That wasn’t easy. Today we climbed something like 800 to 1,000 meters in elevation*, leaving the rainforest behind and entering more bushlands. Plants and shrubs were shorter, geology was more volcanic. I tried to stop frequently to take in the scenery and snap a few shots, as well as give my exhausted body a moment to recover.
Camp was bustling and bigger than the first night. The porters had a festive singing circle – where do they get their energy? I relished in my newfound energy – snapping pictures of Roxy (the miniature sock monkey mascot I carried on the trail), taking pictures and walking around camp a bit. Our jokes get dumber as the altitude gets higher.
*Editor’s note: in reviewing the trail maps after I wrote this journal, we climbed approximately 960 meters of elevation.
Our group was led by Darren Hunt, a British property investor who now leads Mountains in Mind full time. He’s an accomplished climber and outdoorsman – and he’s the exactly the guy you want to be sick on a mountain with. Our trail was the Machame Route, one of the more popular routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. As described by www.machame.com:
The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.