Jessica's Racing, Training, Random Thoughts, and Crazy Adventures
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Kili - Day 1
On Saturday, June 5, I bid farewell to my friends at CCS, and headed off for the weeklong challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro.
We did the 7-day Machame route, known to be one of the most scenic routes up the Mountain. Day 1 consisted of hiking from the gate (1950m - 6400ft) to the Machame camp (3000m - 9800ft). Day 1 is through what they call the "cloud forest" where rain, fog, and clouds are the norm amongst the the tall trees.
We started our climb, stopped for a quick lunch 1/2 hour into the hike, and then continued through the jungle. We started the day off in rain gear, but soon found that getting a bit wet was better than overheating in a rain jacket. Highlights of day 1 were seeing w couple waterfalls, and watching Mel get eaten by red ants! :)
Our guides, Antipas and Macho, were great! They encouraged us through our first day. Macho even carried 4 dozen eggs along with him!
By the time we reached Machame camp, it was dark. We signed in, dropped our day packs off in our tents, and ate a candle-lit dinner.** Day 1- in the books!
**Meals were all fantastic! Eggs, crepes, porridge and fruit for breakfast. Soup, chicken, rice, pasta, stewed veggies, fruit, etc for dinner. And tea, coffee, milo, and nido. Yum!