Look Up at the Mountain I Have to Climb
While the trip to Arrow Glacier took just 2.5 hours, it is steep: We climbed more than 1000 feet so we are now at 16,000 feet. It was quite challenging but we all seem fine.
The weather changes quickly and we found ourselves switching hats and jackets along the way. The chatter has lessened. It is mostly Dan Rose sharing one amazing feat after another -- a half Iron Man here and another there. He is quite something and we all listen in amazement. Gilad keeps us in stitches. For most of us its head down and one slow step after the other. In my head, I hear Cat Stevens singing, "Miles from nowhere, guess I'll take my time," step after step. Dan, a bit like Burgess Meredith in Rocky, reminds us "you can do it"! Dr. Ron tells us we are burning close to 9000 calories each day so we are all eating well.
We are going to relax for the rest of the day with a comparably light hike after lunch.
Tomorrow we will hike up to the crater beginning at 4am, have lunch and then trek up to Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet for a short visit before heading down to Millennium camp to sleep for our last night on the mountain. -- Bruce