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CLIMBING KILIMANJARO IN AID OF BATTERSEA DOGS HOME

 THE RONGAI ROUTE

 

Tuesday 21st February 2012    Day Six

Awake early even before our morning tea and Mount Mawaenzi was looking very impressive with snow nearly to the bottom. 

Everyone slept well mainly because the rain blocked out the noise of Johns snoring!

 Richardsís boots still werenít dry so Chaz managed to kit him out with plastic bags so his socks didnít get wet and he said this worked a treat.

 We left around 8.45am and headed off towards  Mawenzi. 

The greenery is now very much smaller and finding it harder to grow and we are walking through whatís known as alpine desert. 

Amazingly a lot of the plants are the same as the alpine plants in the UK.  We had roughly a three hour walk and timed it perfectly as just after reaching camp at 4330 metres

it started to rain. 

I think we were all a bit tired and enjoyed our rest time after lunch.  We thought we might get away with our acclimatization walk but around 3pm it stopped raining and we were off again over rocks and up quite a steep climb. 

We found it hard and went up to around 4550 metres on to the top of a ridge. 

Looking Down to the Camp

This is about as high as you can go up Mt. Mawenzi because it is very rocky and the stones are unsafe.  

 Back to camp for tea and nuts and then only a short break before an early dinner.  It gets cold very quickly now we are so high so they want us tucked up in bed nice and early. 

Had our usual briefing after dinner and Chaz seems quite pleased with how we are coping with the altitude and says we have an 86% chance of completing the summit. 

 Off to bed to try and sleep and it was extremely cold you canít have anything out of the sleeping bag for long and we found we had to read with gloves on. 

Terry kept my socks and gloves under his arms for me so they were nice and warm when I got into bed.  Must be love!

 Around midnight after some rain and hail we had a huge thunderstorm.  The first clap of thunder was so loud it must have shaken the mountain. 

This continued for over an hour and was very close by, lots of lightening quickly followed by extremely loud thunder.  Eventually we got some sleep but being this high it is always quite broken.

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