Wow, what an epic 24hrs!
We left last night at midnight and the final members of our group got into our campsite for this evening at 4:00pm - 16hrs later. During that time we climbed 3500ft to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa and then descended 7000ft to our final campsite. We are all exhausted but elated and badly in need of showers and sleep.
Tonight will be our final dinner on the mountain - we are being served the traditional "chagga" meal of banana and meat stew with ugali. I think some of us are hoping there will also be less exotic soup and toast for our "alitude" affected tummies.
Tomorrow we have a final hike out through the forest, amidst beautiful trees and flowers, to our pick up at Mweka Gate and the beginning of celebrations back at the Kilemakyaro Lodge in Moshi. I will try to post some pictures from our adventure once back at the lodge when I have better reception. We love you all and miss you.
In the meantime, here is a picture from climber Kristen's blog of Karanga Camp: