• Chris Warwick

Final shower and shave… Saturday 2nd. Elevation 2850m

The Climbing crew are picking me up from the hotel at 9:00 am. Last chance for a final shower and shave for a few days.

The transport for the 4hr ride to the other side of the mountain arrives already loaded with my guide Godfrey, and 4 porters.

We picked up the cook on the way, along with fresh meat and fruit for the duration as well as a 7kg gas bottle and ring which appears to be going with us emphasising the need to have all the porter crew as we are carrying camping equipment as well!!!

We are doing the Rongai route a period of 7 days on the mountain with a little more time to acclimatize.

We reached the gate at 1:00 pm, registration and a 3 hr trek up to Simba camp for our first overnight. We had heavy thunder storm so had to use wet weather gear, not an indication of things to come I hope! Carb overload for supper guess that’s what will keep me going.

First view of the mountain is awesome and a bit overwhelming.

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