Five: The much younger camera crew can't keep up!
Feb 2001 Kili
climb - she made it (while her much younger camera crew did not!) Let's look
at what made
that climb special?
Kili, I had to keep pinching
myself because I couldn't believe that I was on the African continent. The
climb was one of the most interesting I have done because we climbed thru so
many different climates. First it was beautifully green and steamy hot,
then it green, hot, and raining, then it was warm, green and dry, followed by
barren and cool, followed by barren, and cold and finally on summit day snow
and ice at the very top.
There was a camera crew following me on this climb
and footage was to be used for an educational web site but nothing as far as I
know ever happened with the footage. It was quite a diverse group of people on
this climb, and a large group, about 14 of us. This climb was nothing but fun.
The climb was not difficult and the people were an extremely fun group and of
course I love a camera following and interviewing me. The porters were happy
friendly people, and I would fall to sleep at night hearing them singing as
they finished their work. We made our way slowly up the mountain enjoying the
beautiful views and finally it was summit day. We got up at 1:00am and were on
our way. It was cold but not bitter and with headlamps snaking across the
mountain we continued to climb. My camera crew started feeling ill so they had to
turn back but gave the camera to Paul (guide) and he finished filming the
summit day. We dropped our packs just before the actual summit and enjoyed
watching the sunrise before we made our way to the top. It was a great day and
the summit was quite crowded, something I had not experienced before. We took
pictures and signed the summit book and enjoyed the views which were
spectacular for abut 45 minutes and then decided to make our way down. Down
climbing was fun especially when we went thru a scree area, so did a little
skiing there and we got back to camp in a couple of hours with the porters
waiting for us with a hot beverage. We were all very excited because all of
the climbers had made it to the top.
took another day to make our way to the bottom and then traveled on to
four wonderful days of safari. It was like a dream come true trip and I
felt very fortunate to have been there, now it all works out I'll be an
assistant guide on a Kili climb and safari in January
2004. Can't believe I have a chance to go back.