had no choice but to head back down the mountain. I knew at this point that a speed attempt would not happen. With rain and snow for five days straight this, the beginning of the rainy season in Tanzania, was not the optimal time to try a speed ascent.
After descending to about 14,000 feet we spent the night at Barranco camp. On day four we headed back up to 17,000 feet to Barafu where we camped and from where we would try again to reach Uhuru peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the morning of day five.
Julius and I started our ascent at 1 a.m. It was cold and the trail was snow covered the whole way. Not too long into the ascent I became extremely ill with altitude sickness throwing up numerous times. The nausea never let up and it was tough going. We reached Uhuru peak just before sunrise. Freezing cold at 20 degrees and with extreme nausea I couldn’t enjoy the view and headed back down off the mountain after only 5
|View from the top of Africa|
minutes at the top of Africa. I just had to get down to a lower altitude and breath some air again.
I will certainly never forget this adventure up Mount Kilimanjaro. I would love to try for a speed attempt again someday but I’m still nauseous two days later so it is hard for me to make that commitment right now. I’m just happy to have made it to the top. My advice for anyone wanting to tackle this amazing mountain is to NOT try in the rainy season. The altitude is a problem no matter what season but by not having to deal with snow and ice your odds of success will improve greatly. So, what ever your next dream…dream big, I always do. Don’t be afraid to try…and don’t be afraid to fail. The more failures you rack up in your life just means the more things you have tried…and that is awesome in and of itself. Most of all, enjoy what ever you do. Onward!