January 22, 2010
Eben Reckord and Ang Jangbu called on the sat phone from Shira Plateau, a bit over 12,000 feet, to say that the group moved up to the Shira Camp yesterday, and are doing well. This expansive volcanic plateau on the southwest side of Kilimanjaro is a dramatic feature with big views, weird plants, and a feeling that the summit is finally getting within reach.
Today, the group will climb to 14,500 feet near Lava Tower, then drop down to Barancco Camp (about 13,000 feet). It is nice hiking above timberline, and great acclimatization for the higher altitudes ahead!