After ascending to lunch by a wet Lava Tower, the Team descends to Barranco Camp to acclimatize at the same altitude as Shira Camp


Hi, this is John with the Kilimanjaro Alpine Ascents Expedition. We’re here at our Camp at Barranco. Sort of another misty evening; sort of been the M.O. for this trip. Not too much rain or anything like that, but just sort of clouds/mist coming in and out and always obscuring the view. Just when you think you got a view, the clouds come on in and block it out for you.

Everybody did very well today. We had a nice long ascent, slow throughout the morning, came up about 800 meters or so to Lava Tower. We had lunch just below Lava Tower, sort of in a nice little spot by ourselves where there aren’t other groups coming and going. And then continued on up to the Tower itself but, as only happens once in a great, great while, it was a little too windy and blowy and wet for us to go on up Lava Tower today. So we hung out up there for a little while and then headed on down to our camp.

Our camp tonight is at about same elevation that the camp was last night, so that will be good for acclimatization. Folks are in the dining tent playing cards and I think I can smell dinner being prepared in one of the dining tents, the cook tent.

Tomorrow we’re going to head on up the Barranco Wall, which is a sort of a little bit steeper trail with a tiny bit of scrambling on it. At the start it looks, you know, like a big deal but once you get on it, it’s laid back and is actually a pretty neat path that goes all the way up the far side of the valley from where we are here.

Everybody’s healthy and doing well, sends their greetings. And we’ll give a call from Karanga Camp, which is our destination for tomorrow.



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