Day 4: Barranco to Karranga Valley Camp (13 235′)

Mt. Kilimanjaro View from Tent at Barranco
View from my tent this morning at Barranco Camp.

Today was a different day.  We got to sleep in (I was up at 5).  We started our hike at 9:00.  Today we tackled the Barranco wall – and Team Outward Bound won!  It is an enormous cliff wall, with switch backs all the way up – 1000′. We often had to use the technique of “3-points of contact” to be safe.  Our guides are amazing.  In tricky spots they stand on the down side, ready to save us.  Luckily our whole team is fit and able – and we handled it like champs!  It certainly is humbling when we watch the porters carry our gear and jugs of water on their head up the wall at twice our speed.  We then went up and down through a few valleys and across small streams.  We arrived at camp around 2:30.  Now we are all chilling in our tents and getting some rest.

The trip is still great!  The Chagga tour company are so helpful.  Our food is great!  For breakfast we had porridge, french toast sandwiches (with cheese, cucumber and tomato) and mango.  Lunch was at camp.  We had fried chicken, french fries, coleslaw, salmon sandwiches and soup and pineapple.

It is cold and rainy today (and yesterday too – but I think I forgot to mention that).  It was about 5 degrees this morning.  Nights are below zero.  It is crowded in my Mummy sleeping bag, with 2 hot water bottles, my camera, GPS watch and cell phone and socks and mitts that I need to dry out.

This is an amazing trip of a lifetime!  I love everyone here.  I love the physical and mental challenges.  I love that I am still feeling healthy and strong!  Only 1 full night sleep before summit.  This afternoon I made a list of things I want to do while at the summit – hope I feel up to fulfilling them all (and my camera still has battery life).

Love to all!

6 thoughts on “Day 4: Barranco to Karranga Valley Camp (13 235′)

  1. Wow, what a day! So glad to hear that you are getting lots of great food to recharge yourselves with! Try to get lots of sleep!! All the best from the Taylors!!

  2. Wow! Good job Kristen and team! I can’t believe the food you’re getting! Certainly keeping you strong.
    Lol! I’m picturing you in that bag with all your gear!
    Glad you’re feeling well. Your midland coach must be so proud! Lol!
    Can’t wait to view the top with you!!

  3. It all looks so awesome I am so happy for you that you are able to experience this adventure
    Good Luck and be safe
    Love Rick and Sharon

  4. Wow – it sounds like you continue to have a great trip, but we knew you would. We loved the image of you in your mummy bag with all of your “stuff”. Looking forward to tomorrow’s update.

  5. I am so excited for you and the kids and I are loving your updates! I can’t wait to see and hear about everything you are planning at the summit! Keep feeling strong and enjoy 😀

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