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Kilimanjaro – Day 2 Baranco Camp (3950m) & Day 3 Karanga Hut (3930m)

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As mentioned previously, the altitude really messes with your head (well it does with me) so the journal slimmed down to dot points which I’ll try and elaborate on now.

Quote: “Too high for journal, dot points only”

  • Porridge & white eggs – I never eat porridge, but up there that warm slimy goop is pretty good start to the day. For some reason the yokes in Tanzanian eggs is really pale, almost white.
  • Sleep/Dreams & Bubbles of sanity – Same as when we travelled South America, I can’t really sleep properly at anything over 3,000m above sea level, I kind of snooze with really crazy dreams.
  • Day 2 –3 different zones – As we gained altitude we passed through really specific zones of foliage till eventually there was nothing, it looked like the surface of the moon or the mountains of Mordor.
    • Jungle.
    • Mossy saplings and grass.
    • Arid with weird cactus things.

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  • Headache, Water – I got a really bad headache on the 3rd day (the first signs of mountain sickness), Kilian told me to drink the wora (water) I had been drinking shit loads so I upped the amount of electrolyte I was putting in and that seemed to fix it.
  • Julia, the German – Zett and I went for a wander around the other camps and ended up meeting this interesting German woman, who had done some interesting travels.
  • Kilian stories, good/bad – Our guide had some amazing stories, and he wasn’t shy on sharing some full on one.
    • Western breach – rock fall – killed dude in the back, another 4 porters and 2 clients killed before trail closed.
    • Rained for 6 days, they still made it.
  • Dependable Oswald (Ozzy) – We nick named him Ozzy, he inadvertently became our personal guide as we kept a steady pace when Eloise and Kiwi were resting. He didn’t say much but he was always there.
  • Tent always on an angle – There’s not exactly huge cleared areas for camping at each of the camps, and it works on a first come first serve basis so depending on how fast your first couple of porters are your tent is never level. Some nights were worse than the others but they always set the tents with you pointing up hill so it wasn’t that bad.

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  • Hakuna matata – Is Swahili for no worries (mate, cobba bloke), the porters you passed on the trail seemed to enjoy the fact that we’d greet them in Swahili. At the pre-summit camp the Porters sang this cool song with that as it’s main lyric.
  • Porter smell, a cross between B.O. and I’ve shit myself! – There’s not a lot of spare water up on the mountain, so the porters have to carry water to most camps, we got a shallow basin of luke warm water to both wash up in each morning before breakfast and before dinner at night.  obviously the porters don’t have this luxury, they also sleep 6 in a 2 man tent for warmth and lug 20kg of gear each up the hill each day, so they get a fair old pong up.
  • Kilian sayings – He had a funny English accent.
    • Pora (Porter)
    • Wora (Water)
    • Really….pause…. Shit (When something was bad)
    • Eat da food, Drink the wora, take the slow pace (the mantra he drummed into us to get us to the top)

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1 Comment »

  1. That looked like an amazing experience. LOve the photo of you and Zetta in front of the camp xo

    Comment by Rabbit — May 23, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

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