Day #5 we hiked from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. We covered the short 2.5mi and 2,000’ elevation gain in 2 hours. It was a pretty easy hike, over a vast gray barren landscape. Is this what hiking on Mars would feel like? 😛 We were above the clouds at this point which was a pretty surreal feeling; any bad weather would be below us! Arriving at Barafu we saw our orange and blue tents perched on the backside of camp, looking out on Mawenzi, one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones - also Africa’s third highest peak. About 1 million years ago, molten lava burst through the fractured Great Rift Valley. Erosion then caused the collapse of Mawenzi's entire north-east wall, releasing the waters of a lake formed in the crater down to the valley. Barafu is the highest camp on the mountain at 15,331’. Here we saw the reality of high altitude for some climbers. When we arrived we asked a man to take our photo at the camp sign. Apparently he had altitude sickness and could barely communicate a ‘no’, that he wasn’t capable of snapping a quick photo. Despite the reality of how high we were, this camp was special. Barafu was perched above the clouds, with vast views, and the feeling that we were close to the summit. We’d eat an early dinner and try to get a couple hours rest before our alarms went off at 11:00pm for our summit bid. #kilimanjaro#kili#expedition#karangacamp#barafu#mawenzi#thinair#highaltitude#abovetheclouds#hikingonmars#summitbid#alpinestart#odarkthirty#highcamp#tentcity#coloradomountainclub#tentviews#backpackermagazine#neverstopexploring
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On top of the world (12.000ft to be precise)
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Asian Trekking and my entire team is so proud to partner with Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS) to organize and execute a Skydiving Expedition in the Khumbu (Everest Region). Months of planning, hard working and training are finally coming together.
Today was the first of hopefully many more successful days on this mission! (P.s. I’m not jumping, just providing ground support at the Drop Zone)
Living so far from family is the hardest part choosing the life of a professional athlete. You don’t get time back, but the time we do get together, we make the most of it:) Was so lucky to have my Mouse Mum come and visit me and for me to show her my life and home in Andorra. She loved the mountain air as we both ventured into nature together.
Make sure you make the most of every moment with your family even if you see them everyday. Each moment together is precious .
After 5 hours and 1000 metres plus of ascent Grace and I made it to one of the world’s highest mountain passes at 5416m. #Thorongla#thinair Did not prepare us for the brutal 1800 metre descent down the other side... 😅
Last 2 weeks I have been to most exotic yet most secluded corner of Indian Himalayas. I have hiked and climbed one of the most challenging and dangerous region during this expedition. I witnessed some incredible landscapes and it's fascinating yet unique wildlife.
From hailstorm to snowstorms, from lush meadows to dazzling snow, from insane bad weather to crystal clear sunny days, from high altitude glacial lakes to starving for a glass of water, from life to death and everything in-between, I have seen everything during this expedition.
By the end it turned into a painful experience as we lost one of our ace climber, who was a mentor, motivator & most importantly a brother to me. Can't forget his smile, his dance & every second I spent with him. I managed to survive the avalanche but he didn't make it. It's hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.
Hello from the Tibetan Plateau! Next trip happening on BMW F800 GS: June 3rd - 12th 2020!
There will be high altitude lakes, high passes of 5000m+ and of course riding to Everest base camp north! >>>www.ridenepal.co.uk
When I'm asked why I hunt... it's not obvious I realize... its more than the hunt. This is why.
"He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch" - Jean Luc Godard
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