As they hiked down hills and through boulders, day four was extremely strenuous for the amputee climbers. Their bodies were aching and sore, but they were full of positivity and determination to press on.
The route has been tough on Kisha‘s leg. The constant battery has caused an irritating headache, but she remains cheerful and will recover after some rest.
Nick experienced general soreness throughout his body. The rough terrain has already worn a hole in his shoe, but even so, he has helped carry other climbers’ loads.
Hiking downhill and through the rocks was a grueling task for Steve M. He has been experiencing extreme soreness where his real legs connect to the prosthetics. He moved slowly, but with an enthusiastic outlook. Some rest should fire him up for day five.
Trekking downhill was also arduous for Erich. His knee was in great pain, but he has also upheld a positive attitude and continues to make the group laugh.
Orlando moved slowly through the boulders, as the terrain wore on his knee, too. He has maintained a favorable perspective and should recover by morning.
“Attipjos good.” (Very unsure as to who or what this refers to… The only amputee not mentioned is Sarah, so let’s hope she is “good!”)
The warriors also sent a special message for the occasion: “Today is February 14th and we want to wish a happy Valentine’s Day at home to Lisa, Christine, Tammy, Kelly and Jen.”
Today, the Kilimanjaro Warriors will depart from Barranco Camp and hike a demanding 2.2 miles to Karanga Camp, 13,200 feet. Before they enter the arctic zone, they will first have to conquer the face of the Barranco Wall (below).
After ascending up the wall, they will find colder temperatures and a challenging altitude among marbled ice and more rocks.
Things are becoming more difficult every day, so please continue to send your encouragement! We are so close to the top!