Hello, everyone this is Ben calling in with Team Lucky Charms here on Kilimanjaro, we are now at Barranco Camp (at about 12,600 feet or so).
Everybody is doing great today, we had the longest hiking day before summit day, it was about 9½ hours to get here today. Beautiful day for the most part, this morning started out really beautiful; we had clear skies of Mount Meru and Shira down below and also Kilimanjaro up in front of us. We were hiking for the most part of the morning straight towards Kilimanjaro, the upper portion of the peak, for about 4 hours this morning, got up to our lunch spot.
Clouds started rolling in a little bit in the early afternoon and most of us opted in to go up to Lava Tower. We all hiked up towards the base of Lava Tower, made it up there (just over 15,000 feet) broke a lot of records today for people as far as elevation from previous trips, so everybody was excited to get up to 15,000 feet and felt actually really well up there.
And then about 9 of us decided to go ahead and climb Lava Tower while just a few of us decided to hike back down heading toward camp. We got up, we had a fun little climb, it takes about 20 minutes to get up to the top of Lava Tower. It’s a couple more hundred feet to get to the top, so we scrambled up to the top there, took a group photo and headed back down and got to camp in the late afternoon.
We just finished up dinner and we’re all headed off to bed. Tomorrow is our shortest hiking day, we’ll go up to Karanga Camp then we’ll just be a little bit higher (at 13,300 feet) tomorrow night.
For now we just have a couple little quick shout outs. Sylvia and Susie would like to say “happy birthday” to both of their sisters, it’s their birthday today on the 4th of February.
Everybody else says “hello” and “hi” to loved ones back home following along and since. We’ll talk to you soon.