Team Twende Kumi climbs the Lava Tower, then descends to Barranco Camp for a long sunny day of acclimatization

Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in here on Kilimanjaro at Barranco Camp with Twende Kumi, Team Twende Kumi. We’re doing very well again today. We had our longest hiking day today so far. It took us about 9 hours to get from Shira Camp, climb Lava Tower, and make it down here to Barranco Camp. Barranco Camp’s at 12,800 feet and we started out at 12,300 feet at Shira Camp today; but we did ascend all the way up to, roughly around 15,400 feet or so at the top of Lava Tower. So we got in a great day of acclimatization by climbing high and coming back down and sleeping low here today/tonight.

It was a beautiful day all day today. We really lucked out with the weather so far, just blue skies pretty much all day looking down on the clouds down below us and looking up at the mountain most of the day here. We feel like we’re finally getting close to it. We are starting to traverse around the mountain now and we’re just camped right below the mountain. We can look straight up and see up near the summit.

Tomorrow morning we’re going to wake up and climb up the Barranco Wall tomorrow and that’s a couple thousand feet up to the top of that, which is a fun climb/a fun hike tomorrow for us. And tomorrow’s actually our shortest day, so we’ll have about four to five hours of hiking tomorrow to get to Karanga Camp (at 13,300 feet). So another night that’s around the same elevation to help our acclimatization out before we go up to our High Camp (at almost 16,000 feet) before we summit in the next couple days here.

Everyone’s doing really well with the altitude still, no issues at all; people are really taking good care of themselves, all ten. Everybody’s doing great and says “hello” to everyone following along back home. And we’ll continue to try and send some pictures and cybercasts in the next few days. Thanks for following along. Talk to you soon!

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