Monday, September 17, 2007

Day 2 – 3,700 Meters – Above the Clouds

It is cold. Tonight will get below freezing. But what a glorious day we had. It was a 7.5-hour hike to Harumbu Huts through two climate zones. It was bizarre – we walked across a small creek and were instantly out of the rainforest and into the moorland just like that. We got caught in the rain about halfway through, which is when things turned cold. Last night, I hit bed at 8pm to write down thoughts for the blog, and by 8:30 I was out. Tonight will be even worse. It is now 5:30 and I’m exhausted.

Tomorrow is the day of reckoning. We hike all the way up to Kibo Hut – the last place to stay on the mountain. We have only four hours to sleep and then we get up at midnight to begin our ascent to the summit. The temperature will be around minus 25 Celsius. We hike over one mile up into the air. I honestly don’t know how that will be possible.

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