Hi, this is Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Guide John Hauf calling in. We’re up at our Shira Camp here on the second day of our current climb.
I don’t know if any of the other folks that I’ve had the pleasure to climb with this season will listen to any of these cybercasts or not. But if you are, I just want to thank you because I’ve had a great time with you all so far. It really has been an enjoyable set of trips this year and it’s nice to have met you all, it’s nice to have learned from you all, and it’s nice to have shared climbing the mountain together.
Our current group is ensconced in their tents here. We got to Shira Camp about, I don’t know, 45 minutes ago, got washed up some with some nice warm water in washbasins, and folks are sort of relaxing now a little bit. We made good time today. We left early and managed to stay ahead of a couple of big groups.
Folks did well today; they started listening to my “pole pole” mantra of going more slowly, so we did a little bit of a more rhythmic pace today. It’s hard for some folks, because you know you want to press against the mountain, and start breathing hard, get your heart going a little bit, but in reality that doesn’t serve you up higher on the mountain. What serves you is finding a way to keep a consistent pace which keeps your heart rate down, keeps your respiratory rate down and which you can do for hours at a time. So people did well today getting that under their belt, and we got a little more practice ahead of us before we have to put it to the test on summit day.
Shira Camp – great, it’s a lovely day! There’s actually a little bit of warmth from the sun up here at the camp, although down below us is this lovely carpet of white clouds stretched out all across the plains. Sometimes there’s some holes in them and we can see some fields and what not below, but not today, it’s pretty much covering the whole thing. And then off in the distance there, off towards Arusha town from where we came, we can see the volcano of Mount Meru sticking up through it. Always a beautiful camp here!
Yeah, folks are doing well. We’re likely going to have some popcorn. I pulled out a deck of cards; maybe we’ll play a game that I learned from some folks earlier on in the season and see how I do. I didn’t do too well against them, I gotta say. But we’re all doing well. Folks send their greetings. And we’ll give you a call from our next camp tomorrow, which is Barranco Camp. Take care.