The walk to Kibo Hut was long and arduous. I got up at 5am to take photographs of Mawenzi. It is so very different to The summit of Kilimanjaro.. The start of the walk to Kibo Hut was great, last night was the first which we didn’t wake up to a view of Kilimanjaro, after about 20 minutes of walking up a slope, we crossed over a ridge and there she was. Magnificent. And awful close.
Between us and the mountain lay the Lunar Desert. The most boring stretch of land I will ever encounter. Happily it ended with Kibo Hut and much emotion. All 27 of us made it to Kibo (15,500 feet, summit 19,341 feet). All 27 will set off for the summit.
To get all of us to this point has taken a lot of teamwork. We have helped each other, supported each other and taken responsibility for each other. It has been brilliant. I hope we all make it.
After lunch John, our magnificent tour leader, briefed us on what lies ahead. Nothing pleasant basically. We set off at midnight.
If this wasn’t testing enough, the back of one of my crowns came off eating a kebab. Fantastic.
How do I feel? Scared. It looks so intimidating. So steep. So very, very daunting. I was breathless today, panicking at times, to get breath, both last night and today. Now I have to climb the height of Ben Nevis tin ever thinning air. Scared is the word.
But with friends like John Bundy how can I fail? As we came into camp today he said “I’m f****** proud of you. Good darts mate. I will see you through this, even if I have to push you up myself.