August 15, 2010
IMG guide Andy Politz reports by sat phone that the Kili team reached Barafu camp (15,000 feet) today by lunchtime. Everyone is doing well and the weather remains excellent.
After lunch the team had plenty of time to get packed up for the summit climb tonight and have a good lazy afternoon of rest, then another meal, then more rest. That is super important for Kili–getting up to the high camp early enough so you can get off your feet, eat, hydrate, and rest sufficiently. It makes all the difference on summit day, and this is why we take seven days for the IMG Kili trip.
The teams’ plan for tomorrow is to start climbing about midnight, which should put them on top shortly after sunrise. We’ll look forward to hearing from them and relaying the news to you.