Day 2 on Kilimanjaro. We left the protection of the rain forest for the in-between land between trees and rock. The clouds played with us all day giving us a teasing glance at our ultimate goal.
As the low clouds moved across the Shira Plateau, it became cooler, a welcome change from yesterday. The trail was dusty today, another welcome change from yesterday’s mud. We are moving higher on the mountain.
The White Neck Ravens also kept us company, some being quite cheeky as they investigated our lunch. Huge and beautiful, they rule this section.
The flowers changed in dramatic fashion. The vegetation reminded me more the high desert with scaled trunks and bushy tops. Some with colorful flowers adding a nice touch.
The porters continued to outpace our group arriving early to the next camp to set up tents and get our afternoon popcorn ready. All I need is a blanket for an afternoon nap and my memory of kindergarten would be complete.
Our local guides, Thomas, Emmanuelle, Mosha and others have done this for years; 20 in some cases. They know the routine – no too fast, check in often, always nearby to answer questions. They make everyone feel safe and comfortable.
We are now at Shira Camp, 13,300′. The sparsely covered snow slopes of Kilimanjaro frame our southerly view while sharp peaks are to the north looking like a scene out of Lord of the Rings as the clouds move past.
Tomorrow is a big day as we move over the Lava Tower at 15,000′ and to our next Barrnco Camp back down to 12,500′.
Everyone is doing well adjusting to altitude and appreciating the slow and steady pace of our 7 day program. We are on track for a Monday summit.