Thursday, February 7, 2013
Today we did a 6 mile acclimatization hike toward the rocky Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic peaks that make up the summit of Kilimanjaro. It was a lovely hike with beautiful views of the mountain. I felt great and was feeling very confident that I was not going to have any problems with altitude or food poisoning or other problems like I had last year. But on the way down, almost back to Horombo Camp, I slipped on the loose dirt and landed on my left ankle. I thought for sure it was broken, and that my trip was going to come to an abrupt end. I couldn't even put weight on my left foot. We were almost back to camp but the guides carried me the few hundred feet to our hut. I wrapped it and took lots of Advil and hoped for the best.