Thursday, February 27, 2003

I never did post any pictures on this site from my February 2001 expedition to Kilimanjaro. Until now I couldn't bring myself to reduce the full set of 500 images to something web-worthy. Tonight I was looking through the slides and decided to put together twenty that told the story of our ascent by the Machame Route. Truly one of the great adventures of my life, which I owe to my buddy Rick Palm, K1CE.

And then there was the safari!

Maybe I'll get around to posting the diary entries next year. Here's one from two years ago today:

27 February 2001—Cosolo Camp 4800 m
1640 hours. Completely whacked. Moderate headache. Fatigue. Heat of the tent in the alpine sun. Pen leaking because of low pressure. Boots crammed into the bottom of the sleeping bag, so they won’t be too cold in the morning. The tent is flapping wildly in the wind, and we’re in bed, but of course it’s still daylight out.

The sky is so blue you could imagine seeing into space, and the clouds are only just making it to this altitude.

Thanks to Diamox (for some), good guides and excellent spirit, we’re all here. Nearly broke Steve on the way up to the Barfu Hut, though. We’re camped another 700 feet (1 hour) further up the ridge, on a beautiful flat campsite in the stratosphere.

Today was a five-hour hike, with 1000 m of ascent—well…800 m. We all look like death warmed over, but there were moments as we moved through the clouds and looked into blue space when we could each see the attraction of high altitude mountaineering. If I wasn’t already in love, it might be a fine obsession.

Today’s scenery was very essential, primordial, Martian, and much of the day’s weather was alpine delight. I’m high on being high—looking forward to the test and being back down.

That’s all that’s fit to print. My pulse-Ox was 78% and my pulse 80. Not bad, I guess.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Ethan's first day of the half-term holiday was graced with a visitor to our back garden: a scruffy fox who sniffed around our collection of sticks, shells and bones before taking a seat in the path for a good (much needed) scratch.
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Monday, February 17, 2003

It was frosty outside on Sunday, so we went with our friends the Harwoods to the London Butterfly House at Syon Park. The butterflies were very friendly!
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Monday, February 10, 2003

We had a lovely weekend away in the Quantock Hills with friends from SSTL. Both days were dry for walking, and the area was beautiful and varied..
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Sunday, February 02, 2003

Matthew came over for a playdate today, and we went geocaching. There's a new cache up on the Hog's Back that gave us some entertainment on a moist, raw Sunday.
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