Day 1 - A day at the zoo!
Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
125Trip End Jun 12, 2006
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I was very careful to check on the other participant's nationalities. 2 Dutch I was told. The guy must have known if he had told me the truth I would have probably not signed up, I was soon to find out the truth - 2 Germans! Marcus who had worked in South Africa for Mercedes Benz for 5 years and Freidel, his mother. There is definitely a big difference in the personalities for the British and the Germans, more than other European countries on the whole. They were very nice indeed and Marcus turned out to be a keen photographer and video enthusiast and had 20kg of equipment including 2 cameras, 2 videos (like the real deal) and lenses, estimated worth must have been a good 20 grand!
Kili was in the clouds for our drive and when we got stopped by the cops, Marcus saw the driver pass over what looked like a bribe.
We arrived at base camp and I was gob smacked - at least 50 hikers and their entourage of 200+ guides, cooks and porters - the place was a zoo. I had though I'd see 10 hikers max. I guess with 35,000 people climbing Kili each year I should have expected this - although the route we were doing wasn't the most popular. We had a 4000ft climb up to Machame camp at 10,000ft that afternoon. It was nicely graded through rain forest and true to its name, Mother Nature through a few showers our way.