March 27, 2003

Mount Kenya - Day 2


I spent a terrible night because of Gerald and the rain, it seems like I have been awake all time and did not get a single minute of sleep. Fact is I'm out of the dorm around before 6AM, I cannot endure anymore being squeezed in the sleeping bag.
We are supposed to leave around 7:30AM. At 7AM I see no sign of human presence and decide to wake up Gerald that is hiding inside his sleeping bag.

We are having a quick breakfast and head up to Shipton's Camp (4200m). The porters will follow us shortly.

After some time Gerald tells me that we are walking too quickly and that the porters will never be able to catch up. As he explains to me they are supposed to be ahead so that they could prepare food just in time for our arrival. Right now they are lagging behind therefore we do some extended pauses to allow them to reach us. After lunch point around the river we sleep for nearly 1 hour to put some more distance.

I find most of the trek extremely easy and enjoy walking quickly in the mountains. The worse part for me is actually the climbing, when it gets very steep I spend a lot of energy to climb my 80kg.

Gerald is having problems about distance and time. When I ask him how long it remains he's telling me that we did 1/3 of the distance...after 4 hours of walk. Quite unlikely otherwise we would be walking for 12 hours... 5 minutes later he tells me that we did more than half and one hour later we are at Shipton's Camp... go figure.

Close to the end I'm noticing 3 people in front of me, one being a porter. It appears that this Swedish couple is having a very hard time finishing the route as the guy seems extremely ill and can barely walk.

Once they reach Shipton's Camp, the guy end up immediately in bed and I start to chat with his girlfriend. It appears that they are doing an overland trip over Africa for 18 months. They left from Sweden already 6 months ago.

Nina does not know exactly what is going on with Janus but for safety she decides to give a phone call to friends in Nairobi to pick them up the next day as she thinks it might be his malaria coming back. She leaves with her guide in order to go up the mountain to get network coverage for the mobile. A 'little bit up' said her guide. Fact is that nearly 3 hours later she is not back as they went over 4700m and we start to worry a bit considering it starts to be dark and they did not take any torch.

When she's back we discuss whether or not they have to go back at night to Old Moses Camp for safety reasons as altitude may not help Janus condition. We both think it is not a good idea and should wait until tomorrow considering cold and darkness that would make the way down dangerous. He would not be able to walk all the way down so he would be carried by porters but without exercizing he would be freezing quickly.

We go to bed early around 8PM as I have to wake up around 3AM to start ascending Mount Kenya. I cannot sleep at all during the night. Janus is extremely sick and is throwing up every 45 minutes. He is screaming of pain like if we were skinning him alive.


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Posted by stephane at March 27, 2003 03:48 PM
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