Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Kilimanjaro Dairies Vol 2

Sorry this is a week late. Still dazed and my body is still sore..

20/07/2011
Today I slept well for about 6 hours. We started hiking at about 8:25am, it was very steep. We started at 3800 meters and went up to Lava tower at 4600 meters. It was acclimatization day so we went up and descended to a lower altitude. The descent was quite tough. I felt tingly all over then a blood rush to my head. Well I kept taking my meds religiously. It was extremely windy and cold and it was then I began to think what a stupid mistake I had made. Maybe I should have just gotten that Chanel bag instead of throwing my cash on this difficult mountain hike. I persevered. I was cold. My boots held up. I didn't feel tired physically but something wasn't right. I was just mentally and emotionally drained. I was breathing too heavy then we got to Barranco camp for an overnight stay! Walked for a total of 7 hours today

21/07/2011
I woke up with a knotted chest. I had a nasty cold that I knew had to go away. I took my medicine and breakfast and we set off. We climbed the barranco wall for about 2 hours. It was rocks upon rocks...the views were spectacular. We were walking through clouds, hills, small mountains, valleys and all over again. I was getting sicker and sicker. When we got to Karanga valley my breathing was failing....I had to idea what it was. I had been walking for 5 hours and slowing my party down. All that kept me going was the thoughts of my family, my mum and her angelic face. I thought about my godchildren and my friends who were rooting for me. I thought about blogsville and i thought aout the summit.,.. Then I kept moving albeit too slow. Then we stopped for lunch and told my guide how I was feeling. I couldn't eat. I was wheezing loudly. We proceeded after lunch to the Barafu camp which was the foot of Kibo. It was summit night so it wasn't too long now. I had to tell the other hiker to go ahead as I couldn't keep up. It was as if I was swimming with my head under water and I was breathing but no air way coming into my lungs. The air was too thin and it was merciless. My guide was in denial about my health as I had promised him an extra $150 if I made the summit. Well another guide walked past and saw my state and gave me an oxygen test. I had only 72. in my lungs, I needed 90 to ascend Kibo. They were trying to give me water then I collapsed......

To be continued

M'je

9 comments:

Tega said...

Only relaxed knowing that well you're well enough to type

What an experience...

@ilola said...

Kai.... What an experience

doll said...

WOW!!!!

i was thinking of doing this when i read part one, but maybe i should just chill

Pele

Ema Leecious said...

lol @ Doll, nothing good comes easy na!

Mamuje, I am glad that other guide came along (Wonder what would have happened if he hadn't)

*looking forward to the next post*

Prism of an immigrant said...

Nne, well done. You're inspiring.

Myne Whitman said...

Well done dear, you try!

Anya Posh said...

Ha! beby girl, na who send you climb mt. kili??! Ok ok, I won't be harsh because by this post I know you're doing alright. Come back and tell us more!

Ginger said...

I know you are made of sterner stuff. You go girl. Now tell me how you got to the top...

Muse Origins said...

Whoa! You fainted?! Then what happened? Hope you're alright and all. But seriously, you too try!!

Adiya
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