Ol Doinyo Lengai , Volcano from hell

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Volcano climb from hell!

Well it seemed like a good idea at the time… the top of the volcano is a bout 600m and Climbing it in full moon light seemed like a good idea, the suppose to be two hour car ride from Arusha turned in to 6, that should have been the first alarm clock shouting…. "get the fck out of there" well I didnīt listen, second alarm clock, we where going up there to see the sun rise, it suppose to be a 2 hour track  to the summit, sun rise at 6 and we had to leave at 12…. Hmmm well it would leave me good time to take photos and shill, so of we go, Volcano looked beautiful in the moon light, steep but ok.. two hours..”how bad could it be”,   in hindsight that could realy have been famous last words, the two hour walk turned out to be a five hour climb and to sum it up, the last 100 meters  took little bit more than an hour and was so steep that  when you stood up you just put your hands in front of you and you could touch the next place where you suppose to put your feet… the volcano is basically loose sand and very porous volcano rock, not much to hold on to, getting up to the final 50 meters we had to stop fort a 20 minutes power nap and wait for the sun to start raise, the last bit is to dangerous to do in the dark, the volcano is still active and you could actually step on a surface that gives in and youīll find yourself standing in lava… not a good idea, well the morning  light came and we got up to the summit and touched the sky! That view was breathtaking (so was the climb by the way) sunrise over rift valley you could see the Serengeti and tops of the Ngorogoro and we were standing on a rim about a meter wide that made up the crater, about 50 meters across and from the bottom you could hear the lava bubbling  and from here and there on the mountain, steam was puffing … and it was worth every step to get up there if Iīd do it again?...Hell yeah!

Life goes on… I haven't  seen the well diggers for some time and really donīt know how they’re doing, Iīll try to get some info on that one…

Thereīs been a four day safari through Tarangire, Serengeti and Ngorogoro It always amaze me , watching a cheetah having a bite from her fresh kill, not a pretty sight but there is something to it, you are very close to life, herds of elephants along the river side and the wildebeest and zebras are coming back on their migration over Serengeti, a couple weeks and there will be one million wildebeest sharing grass with 300 000 zebras… pictures will be taken! The hippo pool is over populated with hippos showing of their yawn and spreading their dung using their tail as an propeller, thereīs just no end to it…

Oh thats right! When I was 15 I had a dream, to fly hot air balloon over Serengeti, it took me some time but…balloon trip over Serengeti…Check ! and what a trip, just quietly gliding over the plain, spotting lions, hyenas zebras… well you get the picture… yes you do..its posted at the bottom of this text…   just scroll down..All ended with a luxury champagne breakfast in the wild wasteland of Serengeti …. itīs been two awesome weeks,

We brought light to the dark huts of the Masaai… we visited a Masaai village a couple of weeks ago, and I had something in mind, a long time ago a saw something done… in India they put 1.5L pet bottles, half full of water through the roof of their sheds to get light, and I been longing to try it in a Masaai village…. So I introduced the idea to a skeptic crowd, but they let me try… with success , see the water speeds the sunlight so effective itīs really like switching in a light bulb in that dark hut… everyone was very happy and they all started to go look for bottles. Iīm going back in two weeks and Iīm excited to see if they put more bottles in…..  
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