Hikin' Up to the Top of Afadjato Mountain
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
17Trip End Jul 21, 2012
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Gettin’ to the mountain took an hour by the van. As always, lots of potholes were in paved and dirt roads. I got used to the bumpy road and sightseein’ of the scene gave me a pleasure to kill time & boredom. There were many villages along the road, and ya really can’t see 'em ‘cos they’re hid by tropical plants, which serve as gates and openin’ paths are led to the villages
Afadjato is the highest mount in Ghana, at an altitude of 2,904 ft. and at the border of Togo. Climbers of Mt. Everest or Rocky probably wudda laugh at it & think it’s as easy as pie. However, it’s steeper than other places I climbed.
As we neared the Afadjato Mountain, it looked taller w/ the cloud hoverin’ over it. Is ‘tis one where we’re goin’ to climb? I asked myself. There were many greenish mountains w/ valleys between ‘em and they looked same to me. Tallest? Okay…I’ll see it for myself, as I thought. No tour guide in sight. We were pretty on our own but one of the CCS workers warned us about safety and goin’ SLOW. He hinted us climbin’ Afadjato Mt wuz not an easy task. We were already under the canopy and mosquitoes quickly were attracted to us, like bees to honey. I hurriedly applied the repellent before they bite me.
We were set to go and started walkin’ on the trail covered w/ rocks, foliage, roots, & dirt
I believe climblin’ up steadily the Afadjato Mountain took me an hour and half, or maybe two hours. I looked up and checked to see if I cudda see the top from where I wuz at. Nope, ‘cos the canopy blocked my view, however, there were signs sayin’, "Hell You’ve Got to a Point of No Return
The ROTC volunteers were already there takin’ themselves some photos. I looked in a panoramic way where I stood. I saw vegetated valleys, hooverin’ clouds, and a waterfall in a great distance. The CCS worker pointed to the spot where Togo wuz. Togo is ‘other country next to Ghana. I sat on the rock and just enjoyed the scene. We were waitin’ for other volunteers to top the mountain. We gave ourselves high fives & thumb ups. I finished my bottle of water & quenched the thirst.
I took a rest knowin’ we had to descend back and my legs were already worn out. I felt the cloud started to weigh on me and it wuz gettin’ dark. Got myself heavily soaked at Lipke Todome where we hiked and I didn’t want to happen again, so I left the summit right away. I slowly climbed down, squatted down to put my feet onto the ground, and leaned myself diagonally. It took longer than when I went up. My legs started to shake as they got more tired. One of the CCS workers (the cute one) climbed up to me and offered me his hand. He knew I needed help. He gripped my hand. Thank ya, Emmanuel! It started to rain but I only got lil’ wet, only from the drops of the rain. Thanks to the canopy but the ground became lil’ slippery, so I had to be more careful. Guess who showed up? Mawusi! He ran up and met me where I wuz. He RAN! Remember he’s from Ghana and dat’s his natural. I asked him how come he missed meetin’ us at the home-based. He said he wuz late and had to take the taxi to meet us. Ain’t he sweet?! He didn’t give up on us and still showed up. Anyhoo, he helped holdin’ my hand while I wuz descendin’
Back to the home-based some volunteers, who didn’t come w/ us, asked me how the trip wuz. With my facial expression, I told ‘em, “Tougher and very tired”. When I smelled the aroma of awaitin’ dinner, I grabbed a plate and filled it up. I pigged out hungrily and gulped water after 4 hours of hikin’ up and down the Afadjato Mountain. The final sign at the bottom of the mountain read “Goodbye, Safe Journey, and Come Back Again”. Yeah, maybe next year…