11 Feb 2009 -- 2nd day of climbing
Yesterday was long. Something was mixed up with our tents and porters so we started with another group and met our guide at camp. Walked with an Australian girl who lives in Boston and two girls from Denmark.
Machame Gate, the very beginning
It started to rain toward the last hour which made us kind of miserable. But tea, popcorn, and dinner by candlelight cheered us up. Angela’s having a tough time and not having fun. We and the guide (Malisa) are trying to convince her to keep going, one day at a time.
Tuesday night slept surprisingly well. Woke up at 2 am to go to the bathroom and the full moon over the campsite was gorgeous.
Wednesday was a shorter hike, 9 km, but very steep. We went up,up, up, then down a couple hundred meters to rest and sleep at the lower attitude. I have a very mild headache that comes and goes. It might be from the cold. I’m drinking tons of water.
Shira Camp, end of day 2
See photos on flickr.
Day 1: Machame Gate (1,290m/4,890ft) to Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780 ft), 18km
Day 2: Machame Camp (2,980m/9,780 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft), 9km