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... to be unloaded. Then all the gear had to be divided up and weighed, as the porters are limited to 25kg each, before they were cleared to go.
While all this was going on we sat patiently eating lunch and hydrating.
Then we all had to check in and register all our details.
After that there was still more waiting – but at 12.45pm we had packs on and we were officially on our way.
Kili – here we come!
... I was so cold it didn't really hit me what we accomplished. I just stood in pics and smiled. The sunrise was beautiful (and it meant that it was going to get warm!), and the glaciers at the top were intense. Once pics were done, we headed back down to base camp to rest and eat lunch before we continued further down the mountain that afternoon. Yes that day we walked for 14 hours 7 up, 7 down. Descending was a whole other story though. My quads definitely felt that. Walking downhill ...
... do stop.
2/7/15 DAY 2 - MANDARA HUT (2700m) to HOROMBO HUT (3720m) - 11KM, 5.5 HOURS
This day was tougher, walking through Moorland surrounded by predominantly shrubs and quite warm weather which did make us a little more tired that usual. Overall it was a much steeper walk and longer than the previous day with a horrendous 45 minute steep ascent to get to our lunch stop. Just as we finished lunch we were hit by rain, but luckily had all our wet weather gear ...
... to take a woman to theater – but not for the caesarean section she needed. A first time mum had been induced for an IUFD (fetal death) in the morning and had evidently obstructed at nine centimeters dilated. She needed to go for a caesarean but he thought it would be better for this young, 19 year old primip to have a vaginal delivery rather than a caesarean scar. Right! So how do you expect a nine centimeter primip to deliver vaginally you wonder?? Oh, the ...
... I've managed to come up and down the mountain without a single problem and I've miraculously not used a single Compeed!
At some point we gradually entered the forest that we had missed on the way up, as we had started so high above the tree line - in the beginning it was sunny and very pretty while later the mist came over it and gave it a mysterious look. We saw the colobus monkeys and quite a lot of birds, including Hartlaub's turaco, which was ...