Most of the day was spent hiking through jungle rain forest canopy,
but as we approached Machame Camp the vegetation began to transition to
the more open Moorland environment;
for a description of climate zones on the mountain.
On arrival we signed in with the ranger and surveyed a large tent city
populated by all the climbers and
headed up the mountain.
We quickly located our subdivision of the tent city by looking for our
distinctive dining tent.
Our tents were set up and the dining tent was ready for
cookies and hot drinks for us.
Dinner was served after we had a chance to relax and organize our
This was Kendal's birthday and the porters gathered to sing
People from nearby tents joined in.
Afterward we were treated to what must be the Swahili version of a
(see 2:10 to 4:00 in the video for the celebration).
It had started raining when we arrived at camp and rained until 10pm,
well after we had tucked in for the night.
After it cleared,
night-time trips to the toilet tent were rewarded with magnificent views
of the constellations of the southern hemisphere.
Since we were already well acclimatized to the initial altitudes,
I waited until this night to start my 125mg evening and morning doses of
and continued taking them until the evening before climbing to the
While I think the Diamox helped with acclimatization,
it does have the unwelcome side-effect of causing one to pee a lot.
It can also cause tingling sensations in one's extremities;
I did notice tingling in my thumbs.