| I was exhausted in
school the next morning. Amir rubbed his head like it hurt him and
Lizzie had dark smudges under her eyes. I didn't feel so good
We whispered quickly to each other 'I dreamed I saw you on the mountain ... Was it real?
... You too?'
Then it was time for class and I had to start
I said 'trekkers often stay
at the second hut, Horombo at 3,720 meters, for two nights to get used
to the altitude. Some people start to get headaches, and if it's very
bad you have to go down again quickly.' Amir grimaced.
because there's less oxygen in the air high up. You have to walk slowly
so your body can replace what it uses. Most airplanes don't fly even as
high as the top of Kibo and they add oxygen in their cabins.'
'I bet if you're fit you don't have problems
sickness' said Lizzie, who wins swimming competitions.
I researched high altitudes, I read that fitness helps but some people
get sick anyway. They try to walk too fast or they're just
'You move on up the valley to the bottom of Mawenzi crater -
you can see it here, without clouds for once.'
'Old Mawenzi sure looks jagged' said Amir.
does. Past Mawenzi, there's a volcanic plain between the two
brothers. You cross it to get to Kibo Hut. That's at 4703
metres, just under Kibo crater. The next part is very hard. Everyone
has an early meal and goes to bed at 6 o'clock, to be ready to go on at
midnight.' I took a break and got some water. Today I
just couldn't stop drinking.