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SUPPORT! SUPPORT! SUPPORT!

Posted by in Kilimanjaro 2014

You may ask why support?  Well, l would have to tell you the story of how l made it to the top of Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak).

I arrived Tanzania 1 ½ days earlier to prepare myself mentally for the climb. I was a bit apprehensive about day one of the climb especially since I had not trained as much as I would have liked. I was also worried about how my body would react to the high altitude.

Come the Sunday evening, we pick the rest of the team from the Airport and head off to the B&B in Kyalla Village, Marangu West on the slopes of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Day One – Tuesday was a mixture of feelings. Excited to get going at last but also apprehensive of the unknown. We are introduced to our porters and off we go on our six hours walk to our first camp, first cave.

Day Two & Three – On both days, we walked for about four hours through rough terrain. We settle into a routine, enjoying our ‘Washi Washi’ (small bowl of hot water to clean ones self), lovely cooked meals and acclimatisation hiking after the afternoon rest. I start taking Diamox as I am not sure I can go without it to 4730m.

Day Four – Continue our ascent walking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. Every one is feeling strong and happy on arrival. We spend the remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent, which commences at midnight.

Day Five ‘The Summit’ – I barely slept. I am tired before the start of the walk.

On my way to the top, I encounter my first angel.

First Support (Angel 1) – A kili sister gives me some of her water to drink and literally feeds me an energy gel. I am back in the game. Keep going! Make it to Uhuru peak and start the gruesome hike down Gilman’s point. Everything hurts!

As l come down Gilman’s point wondering where I would get the energy to continue my descent down to Kibo hut, I see my second angel.

Second Support (Angel 2) –Moses my amazing porter has come up to Gilman’s Point (5685 m) to meet me. He takes my daypack from me (still have about 2 litres of frozen water). This gives me the strength to ski down the sand dunes (another 2 hours) back to Kibo with encouragement from him  all the way.

Could I have made it to the top without my Kili sister sharing her water and energy gel with me, I doubt it very much. As for getting off the mountain, it would have taken me a lifetime to do so without Moses. His support allowed me get back to Kibo in time to get some rest before our final descent of the day to Horombo hut (3705m).

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2 Comments

  1. Tanja Budonna, October 6, 2015:

    Amazing! How can I get the imformation about the next climb, I would like to join!

  2. Yvonne Modu, October 14, 2015:

    Hi Tanja, Thank you for reading my blog. I can’t believe it was this time last year that we undertook our Kili Transformation. Please contact the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) http://www.rsm.nl/ecwo/what-we-do/ to find out what exciting future programmes they have planned. Best of luck, Yvonne

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