After hiking up to Shira Camp under sunny skies, Team #3, to be known as “The Soap Ravens”, watches the sun set over Meru and the moon rise over Kili

Hey all ya’ll, it’s Team #3 here on Kilimanjaro, 23rd of July; we’re at Shira Camp (12,500 feet above sea level). We’re here at the dinner table, having had some great food and full bellies, getting ready to go to bed. We had great weather, good conditions, happy times today.

Notable events: John Hayman lost his bar of soap to one of the white-necked ravens, so hence we are going to become “The Soap Ravens”. That’s right folks; our new team name is “The Soap Ravens”.

Everyone’s doing great, sends their best home, and we’ve got a couple shout-outs:

“Hi, this is Sonya saying ‘hi’ to friends and family back home. Had a great day almost totally above the, well I guess it was all above the cloud level or above the cloud layer, and got glimpses of Kili all the way in. And at camp tonight we’re watching the moon come up behind Kili and we can see Meru on the other side; we watched the sun go down over Meru. So ‘hi’ to Carol and Lynn, who’s taking care of Toby, please give him an ear scratch. And shout-out to Kyle, and Kelly, and Cora, and Marco and his family.”

“Who else wanted to give a shout-out?” (asked in background)

“I hope that stealin’ white-necked crow meets the same fate that Ralphie met in ‘Christmas Story’.” (laughter in background)

Nothing like a little drama here on Kilimanjaro. We’re going to get a phat night’s sleep. Tomorrow’s a long day for us but a beautiful day, up to 15,000 feet at Lava Tower and down to the beautiful Barranco Camp. We’ll give you guys a shout tomorrow, that’s all for now.

Photo: Don Carpenter
Photo: Don Carpenter

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Ice Axes: Selecting a Size & Style

    An ice axe is a critical piece of mountain equipment. Not only does it need to be suited for the terrain you will be encountering on a given peak, but it also needs to be sized correctly. As with most gear, the array of choices can be overwhelming, so we are going to break down […]

  • Two silhouettes clink beverages in the early morning in view of the Andes Mountains.

    Expedition Mindset: When “Showing Up” Means More than Physically Arriving

    The anticipation and physical preparation have been exhausting. The iron has been pumped. You have been ripping up stair sets for breakfast. Every precious ounce of your kit is honed. But have you stretched your expedition mindset? An expedition is much more than the physical climb of a single mountain. For several weeks you will […]

  • Tents near Denali Base Camp.

    What to Expect: Denali Expeditions

    In this series, we break down what to expect at the start of our expeditions. Where will you stay? Are there any tips or tricks to make the trip begin more smoothly? Though a Denali expedition can last 20+ days, the first two days can set the tone for the rest of the journey. While […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2019 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International