Porter carrying load

Porter carrying load above Machame camp

July 26, 2011

After a good night’s sleep and a great breakfast we were on the trail early today. Upwards, ever upwards in light rain and cooler temperatures. We are still making good time. The heath and moorlands at this elevation are not unlike the Scottish highlands. Our 6 hour hike brought us to Shira Camp at 12,500 feet. This is far from a solitary experience. There are 500 climbers on the mountain plus guides and porters. There are groups from the UK, Norway and the US to name a few. Everyone on our team is doing well and enjoying the experience. A longer hike is planned for tomorrow.