On Monday (09/10) I was up at 5:45 and out the door for an easy 3 mile run with Robert. Running would be a rare treat on this trip! Missing a day of running on Sunday was my first ZERO since December 7, 2011. I knew this going in, but that didn’t make it any easier. The trip would involve a lot of “alternative” exercise, we’d be hiking quite a bit each day (6 hours) and it was either unwise, unsafe, or just plain impossible to run on most days.
Our first test would be a four day trek on Mt Meru. At 14,977’ Meru is the second highest mountain in
and the fifth highest peak on the African continent. The four day Momela route would cover 38km and climb/descend 10,059’. Many people use the Meru climb to aid in acclimatization prior to attempting Kilimanjaro. Meru gets a lot less traffic than Kilimanjaro so animals are not scared by humans, as such we’d be led by an armed park ranger. Tanzania