Finally the Sun!
We woke today to an amazing blue sky and the soaring peak of Kilimanjaro so close we could touch it but still over 8000’ above our heads. We also woke to an amazing white ground! No, not snow yet at this elevation but a hard frost made for some beautiful crystals on the tent and good photo opportunities. We sprinted to the mess tent for a hot drink to start the day and marveled at the scene before our eyes. Were we really going to stand on top of this massive volcano in just a few days?
Today we would hike across the plateau. It would be an easier day for the climbers and a good rest from our big gain yesterday. We would hike until lunch time and then have the rest of the day to continue to acclimate. We would not make more than about a 1000’ gain in elevation today with little up and down.
We walked out of camp at about 8:00am and stared at the top of Kili for the entire hike today. We had left the forest behind and now were in the heather bushes and moorland vegetation zone which allowed for 100 mile vistas. We kept stopping for photos and enjoyed a great morning of sun. However, once again as we arrived at our next camp site, Shira 2, the clouds rolled in again and blanketed us in fog and chilly wet weather. After signing in our arrival with the ranger station, we all retreated to our tents for an afternoon of rest.