21 February 2011
We woke this morning at 9am after sleeping at nearly 13,000 feet (4000m). Although we’ve had some fitful sleep with vivid dreams, we felt remarkably rested.
After breakfast, we started straight into climbing the Barranco Wall. This was a 1000 foot climb where we had to use our hands for balance and control. Some parts felt like we were crawling up the face of the mountain. All of us made it through unscathed! We peaked out today at 14,100 feet!
After the most challanging part of the wall, we then embarked on an easier trek through valleys and along ridges. We hiked for about 4 hours down into the Karranga Valley and then another hour up the other side of the valley to the Karanga Campsite.
After lunch we had the rest of the day to relax and re-hydrate. Tomorrow morning we will climb to our high camp at 15,000 feet (4600m) where we will have a short nights rest before summit day.
Although we are all feeling the altitude to one degree or another, we are comforted by our expedition leader, Kurt who says that we are all doing extraordinarily well.
We have been lucky to be treated to a full moon which should help us navigate on summit day. Right now the Big Dipper is sitting right on top of Kili. It seems so close…
We love and miss all of you. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. We can feel you with us up here.