December 24, 2011
After the steep climb to Shira Camp, the entire team tackled the long and rewarding day to Baranco Camp at 13,000′. This was the team’s first foray over 14,500′. As the old mantra goes, “climb high, sleep low.” Mike called in on the sat phone this morning to give us an update and everyone is strong and healthy. The weather is good and everything is ticking along like clockwork. Sleep, eat, climb, repeat! They KNOW they’re on Kilimanjaro now after hiking around the famous Lava Tower and getting a close up look at the flanks of the upper mountain. They’ll get a good night’s sleep, before tackling one of the most spectacular days of the climb tomorrow (other than summit day). The Baranco Wall is steep and sporty. Keep up the strong work team!