Thursday, April 12, 2012

A-Z Microfiction: K is for Kilimanjaro

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.

Kilimanjaro

"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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8 comments:

  1. I like the little details you wrote.

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  2. I love the idea of playing Twenty Questions half way up a mountain.

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  3. You truly know how to tell a story. Great imagery! When we lived in Kenya, we flew over the Big K many times. My hub still dreams of climbing it. Er, not I, LOL.

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  4. I've heard others say it's an easy climb. Hubby climbed it. He said some routes are easier than others. I doubt I'll ever do it, too much to see closer to the ground. Nice stories.

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  5. Nice story. Will check out the othes I missed as I'm a newbie to your site. I love traveling, even if it's only on a blog.

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  6. Great theme for the A-Z. I would like to go see Kilimanjaro not sure if I really want to try climbing all the way to the top though.

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  7. Well done, Ellen!

    The mountain's a dream of mine to see and to go onto. It completely dominates its surroundings, and going up you travel through very different zones of vegetation and climate zones. While it might be technically an easy climb, like you say, the altitude can still wreck havoc on the climber...

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