Happy weekend, Snippetteers! This will be my last snippet for a couple of weeks, as I’m away on a mountaineering course next weekend and won’t have wi-fi for the week. I’ll catch up with everyone else’s snippets when I’m back.
This week’s snippet is from summit night in Summit. Ash, Sean, and the group start the final leg of the climb, with the last 1000 metres to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
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“Ready for this?” Darren turned and looked back at us.
“As we’ll ever be.” Sean pulled his fleece hood tighter around his face, so only his eyes and nose were visible beneath the beam of his head torch.
“Are you cold?” I asked.
“No, just my face. You?”
“I’m fine. Keen to get moving, though.”
“Ready?” Phil called out. “Let’s move. Slow and steady. Walk, breathe, drink.”
Stedman moved forward and the next few people followed. I took my first step on what was likely to be the toughest night of my life. This was it. The summit awaited six or so hours away.
The path grew steeper as we ascended. I stared down, watching where I put my feet while my headtorch lit the small area in front of me. Everything looked grey by torchlight and was probably the same in daylight. The rocky path zigzagged upwards, lessening the steepness of the ascent but making it endless. Occasionally, I looked back over my shoulder to see the snaking line of lights following me, but mostly I kept my eyes on the ground, not wanting to trip.
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