|Kilimanjaro stands above the cloud at sunset - seen from Mt Meru.|
We would spend a comfortable evening & night at Weru Weru Lodge near the town of Moshi before heading into the Arusha National Park to start our acclimatisation climb on Mt Meru.
Mt Meru would be a demanding few days to start our trip seeing us ascend from 1500m to over 4500m, and down again, in less than 60hrs!
|Starting the trek through the forest.|
Day 2 we continued making our way up, soon leaving the forest below, and out into the bright African sun. We reached Saddle Hut at 3500m where we rested for a couple of hours before myself, Rob, Vic & Paul took a leisurely stroll up to 'Little Meru' accompanied by Jimmy & Ernest of our guiding team. The stroll would take us up an additional 300m above the hut and help with acclimatisation when we dropped back down to sleep in the hut.
|Approaching Saddle Hut in the African sun.|
|Compulsory 'man leg' pose on Little Meru.|
The plan was to sleep until midnight, we would then get up and have some breakfast before leaving the huts to ascend the 1066m to the summit in the darkness.
|On the dark ascent to the summit of Mt Meru.|
|Break of dawn over Kilimanjaro|
|George Clooney's dad Barry, Lord Cocks of Cocksville, myself & Vic with the flag of the kingdom of Yorkshire.|
|Commander Johnson takes tea at the summit.|
|Sunrise over Kilimanjaro|
|The clearly visible ash cone of old volcanic action on Meru.|
|Paul making his way over the volcanic ridge.|
|Lord Cocks of Cocksville makes his way down through the forest.|
|Commander Johnson leads the way out onto the African plain (where the dangerous animals live!)|