DAY 4: Kibo Hut
The part I remember most about day 4 is a pounding headache and black dust filling your eyes and nose as we took on the valley. Altitude had got the better of me today. The mental challenge of this trip started to outweigh the physical. Negativity and doubt started to creep in as I tried my hardest to stay positive. I learned very early on, a positive mind is vital to survival on this trek.
Every part of your body had to be covered today to be able to endure the windy dust storm conditions. The temperature was dropping as we edged closer to Kibo, along with the oxygen in the air. After a gruelling 8 hours and a rocky climb to finish our day we arrived at Kibo Hut. The feeling of arriving to your destination at the end of the day like this is quite hard to explain. You are delirious, elated and absolutely exhausted. You don't know whether to laugh, cry or pass out. Every part of your being wants to crawl up into a ball and go to sleep. We were raging hungry, dehydrated, freezing and covered from head to toe in thick brown dust, but we were another step closer to the ultimate goal. We had 5 hours to have dinner and rest before we set off at 11:30pm in order to reach the Summit before sunrise. At the time we didn't really know what we were about to endure.
Total hours: 8 hours
Total km: 11km
Total elevation: 4720amsl
Difficulty: Ridiculously Hard
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