Monday March 1 2010
The team arrived at the Machame Gate 6,397 feet for registration with the park officials and a box lunch of chicken meat, boiled eggs, fruit, sandwich, muffin and juice.
After the last bites the skies opened up and in a total downpour the Kili 2010 team began their ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 feet Kili is the highest mountain on the continent of Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Resembling a kalaidescope with rain ponchos of every color, the porters each carrying a maximum of 50 pound loads on their heads, including enough rigid lawn chairs for the comfort of the team at campfire splashed their way through the entrance, some wearing sandals made of old car tires.
It was an 8 hour trek through thick forest to Machame Hut which lies at 9,481 feet. The hut is now a ruin and the porters that climbed ahead of the team had set up camp consisting of 14 tents for the trekkers, a mess tent for gathering and meals, plus enough tents for the 2 head guides, 2 cooks, 10 assistant guides, and 51 porters. All toll there are 89 people in the "Climb For Clean Water".
Resting heart rate 92
Oxygen level 83