Kilimanjaro part 5 – Barafu hut camp
Our last day before the summit was relatively short, about 5 hours trek to the last stop at Barafu Camp. The camp is split in two, low camp and high camp. Ake made sure we had a spot at high camp which added an hour and a steep rock climb to our day but took it off our summit climb, a much preferred option for us all as the steep climb was much easier in daylight. We hit the camp at around 1pm and had a nice lunch before relaxing and playing some more cards. I could feel some tension in the air as we were all nervous about what was to come. We chilled out and conserved energy for most of the afternoon and had a nice dinner early at around 5pm.
After dinner we were to retire to our tents but just before we were about to head off Jess threw us a curve ball. She read out a letter from Nigel Harris the CEO of Farm Africa wishing us luck for the summit climb and thanking us personally for our money raising efforts. I just managed to hold back the tears when she pulled more letters out of her bag. These were a personal for each of us secretly done by our families to give us that extra push to get up the mountain. I took my letter back to my tent and read it over a few times. The words from my wife Rhiain really inspired me and also made me cry (this was becoming a bit of a theme for me this trip, I had only cried once this year, when my daughter was born. In Africa I was like a waterfall)!!
It was 6pm and I was desperately trying to get some sleep as we were being woken at 11.30pm to hit the trail. A combination nerves, excitement, toilet breaks, below freezing temperatures and a headache meant I only got around 2 hours sleep on and off and before I knew it I was being woken up by one of the porters for our 7 hour trip up to the summit……….