Hi, this is John, the Kilimanjaro Guide here with the rest of the climbers.
We had a great first day, left the wonderful Arusha Hotel after a big breakfast and travelled about an hour and a half to the Machame Gate (at 1800 meters), went through our little sign-out process and we’re on the road.
It’s always a pleasure to see folks the first day sorta smile and realize that the beautiful blue dining tent with the tablecloths and the flowers and the big spread is their meal.
And folks went poli poli, “nice and slowly” [in Swahili], good, steady pace all day and we all got to camp pretty much together, had the crew sing a nice greeting song for us, and spent some dinner, after having popcorn in the tent.
Everybody’s healthy and happy and doing well. We’ll give a call again tomorrow.