Mt. Kilimanjaro- Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp Campsite

Day 3 of our Kilimajaro climbing itinerary has the group hiking from Shira Camp to Barranco Camp.  The day began with some drinking some ginger tea while I burrowed deep in my sleeping bag.  If not for our porter bringing us hot tea in bed every morning, most of us probably would not have gotten out of bed.  After breakfast, I took some time to reflect upon life above clouds.  Really I was just looking at the magnificent view.

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp looking above the clouds

photo credit: Spanish Vicki

Spanish Vicki, my tent roommate took lots of pictures of my butt today.

Climbing from Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Photo credit: Spanish Vicki

The trek was fairly boring in the morning.  We saw some ravens (my favorite football team!) but mostly it was desolate. It is how I imagine the Moon or Mars would look on the surface.  Technically it is called the alpine desert habitat.  It is much harder to find rocks to pee behind now.

Hiking from Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Photo credit: Spanish Vicki

A few of the group (the ones not on Diamox) have started coming down with altitude sickness symptoms. We are at almost 4000 meters or 13000 feet at camp tonight.  The peak altitude for today was 4600 meters.

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp- the Barranco Wall

photo credit: Spanish Vicki

I totally know how they feel and it stinks.  American Dave is smart though, he is bumming Diamox off of us now and is feeling better. Diamox for the win!  It can be a little strange though, the side effects can make your hands tingle very harshly (hard to describe but it was very odd!).

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp rain

photo credit: American Dave

After lunch there was actually some downhill.   Down is actually really hard, especially on your knee and ankle joints.  And then it started pouring rain.

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp pouring rain

photo credit: Spanish Vicki

I was sort of prepared.  My backpack cover went on but my rain jacket only kept my top half dry.  My pants were soaked.  By the time we rolled into camp, it was almost dark and really cold.  All of my wet clothes froze when I laid it out to dry.  Oops!  Guess I won’t be wearing those things tomorrow.  American Dave was very upset that his thermals were wet and New Zealand Kate had wet gloves.  To remedy this, they devised a system to dry clothes on a mountain without the use of electricity or a big fire.  Instead they used some candles to heat our dinner serving spoons, which they placed on the clothing.  It took a good hour to dry things but it worked!!!

Here is Haji our guide, trying his hand at drying Dave’s thermals.

video credit:  Canadian Chris

Tomorrow we tackle the Barranco Wall!

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1 Response

  1. June 26, 2015

    […] was still in Kilimanjaro climbing shape so this was fairly easy.  I’d probably need a lot more breaks if I did it today. […]

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