July 1, 2017
We heard from IMG senior guide, CJ, via sat phone just now. CJ and the Kili team had a fantastic day hiking up the Barranco Wall and they are now safely at Karanga Camp (13,300 feet) about to enjoy a hot lunch. Today was a much shorter day for the team and they made good time up the Barranco Wall from where they enjoyed continued terrific views. It took them about 4 hours to get from Barranco camp, up the Wall, and over to Karanga Camp. Karanga Camp sits on a broad ridge and enjoys fantastic views over to Mt Meru. During the evening and night, the lights of Moshi shine below. Another afternoon spent drinking, eating, resting, and therefore, acclimating! A lot of groups skip this camp and head straight up to Barafu High Camp from Barranco. That is a long, tough day. Much better to break it up into 2 days and get that extra acclimatization and time to enjoy the mountain scenery. After all, you came all the way to Africa, might as well enjoy the sights a bit, right? They will begin to talk about the specifics of the summit climb over lunch and dinner today. Tomorrow is one of the shorter days on the trip. Around 3 or 4 hours and about 2,000 feet of climbing up to Barafu High Camp. As you continue to ascend, the views just keep getting better! The Team is getting close now and I know they are getting excited.