Team “Occupy Kilimanjaro”, the July 31st expedition, had a steep climb up from Machame, then traversed to the Shira Plateau and beautiful views of upper Kilimanjaro

Good morning, this is Don Carpenter, with the July 31st Kili expedition, and we have a new team name which is “Occupy Kilimanjaro”. Currently the 5th of August, it’s about 7 in the morning and we’re waking up here at Shira Camp (which is 12,500 feet). We had a great day yesterday, we hiked from Machame Camp and up to Shira Camp on the Shira Plateau. We had a steep climb out of camp, for the first few hours, had a sit down lunch and then the last couple hours, the elevation mellows out a little bit and we traversed over to the Shira Plateau.

We were in the clouds in the morning and then shortly after lunch we broke out of the clouds and had our first real views of the upper mountain, of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everybody’s doing great, we rolled in, had some down time, and dinner last night. And today we’ll have a longer hiking day to Barranco Camp.

Everyone’s doing well and we have a message from the group:

“Hi Tom, hi Sally, it’s Mommy and Daddy. We love you, we miss you. Africa’s beautiful, Don’s doing a great job guiding and we’re super safe. Tom, I hope you had a wonderful time at summer camp. Bye!”

We’ll talk to you all tonight. Bye!

Making our way to our second camp.

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