We're staying in Africa for today's microfiction, and we're joining two characters as they tackle Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro has - apparently - developed a reputation as an 'easy climb' because so much of the mountain can be walked (still, I wouldn't fancy trying it). However, it is estimated that 70% of climbers on Kilimanjaro suffer from altitude sickness, which can be prevented in some cases by taking the route slowly and allowing the body to acclimatise.
Today's piece is a little more light-hearted than yesterday's.
"What does the GPS say?" Alex asked. Mosi dug in the pocket of his jacket and extracted a small lump of grey plastic.
"About 9,000 feet," Mosi said. 'We should probably stop here for the night.'
The two men climbed down a few hundred feet. It was best to 'climb high and sleep low' on Kilimanjaro - once they hit their maximum elevation for the day, they would climb down to sleep. It helped with acclimatisation.
They made up their camp and watched the sun glowing in the afternoon sky.
"Don't suppose you brought a book?" Mosi asked.
"No. . ." Alex said. "Shall we play Twenty Questions?"
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