World’s first unsupported crossing of the Greenland ice cap by an amputee

'Conquering Kili' ~ Day 2

‘Conquering Kili’ ~ Day 2

A beautiful morning greeted the team when they woke at 6am for a hearty breakfast and packed their day sacks ready for their second day on the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

A formal greeting from the porters was followed by song & dance; leaving the team feeling uplifted and in high spirits despite lack of sleep and headaches throughout the night.

Team Kili enjoyed several hours trekking through the Moorlands; a steady upward climb in hot sunshine, rewarded by spectacular views of a snow-capped Kibo in the distance.
The constant cries of ‘Pole Pole’ (slowly slowly) and ‘sippy sippy’ from our guides ensured the team kept a steady pace and remained well hydrated.

The effects of altitude was increasingly worsening for some of the team; many suffering from loss of appetite, sickness, fatigue and severe headaches.
Emotions were running high and a few tears were shed by the time they reached Shira 2 Camp (3,900m) where they were to spend the night.

Hugs were in abundance and some much needed laughter came in the form of silly hats and card games after a delicious, well-earned dinner.