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peak. By this time we have started to take casualties. Six of the team have
already handed over daypacks for guides to carry. Nausea and exhaustion
is common. One of the team falls sound asleep on several breaks and has to
be prodded to wake again, but keeps going regardless.
Our youngest team member, Chelsea, is doubled over vomiting and
only rest and a cocktail of drugs has her shuffling forward once again –
one of the best efforts of the day. On the other hand, Geoff, at 1.9m (6’3”)
and 150kg, never falters. He’s the biggest man the guides have ever seen or
heard of conquering the mountain.
At Gillman’s Point we are enveloped in cloud but the view of the crater
is still spectacular. The highlight while walking along the crater is when
the cloud clears and exposes the massive ice walls of the glacier soaring
30m overhead. Two hours after leaving Gillman’s Point and eight hours
after leaving camp, all 15 of us arrive at Uhuru. There is about 10 minutes
of joy, photos, hugs and a quick swig of grappa before we start down as
fast as our legs will carry us.
The journey back to Gillman’s Point takes just 45 minutes. From
Gillman’s Point we negotiate the rocks and then discover we can slide
down the shale, cross-country-skiing style, working side to side, heel
first, knees bent. It is hard work but fast and fun. This is where people start
running out of energy. A number of our guys are relying on the shoulders
of guides and later say that without their help they doubt they could have
made it back down again.
At 4pm, 11.5 hours after leaving it, I reach camp again with two others
but there are still a few behind us, struggling to get down with a guide’s
help. We only have a short break and then are told to pack before dinner at
5pm and then to depart for the next camp at 5.30pm. After summiting,
The glacier at the snow-covered summit.
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