day 5 Barranco wall to Karanga camp

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September 29th 2021
Published: September 29th 2021
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Day 5 was the most technical part of the climb. It involved going up and over the Barranco wall. The wall is 287m high (about 800ish feet), and does require some scrambling. None of the scrambling is incredibly difficult and typically just requires smart hand placement as you go up the wall. If you don't know where to put your hands, the guides can always tell you. The best part of this wall is section called kissing rock because you do have put your body against the rock and kiss it, in order to traverse across it (I don't have pictures of me going across this). The scrambling is not nearly as dangerous as some people may make it out to be, and can be done by even a person who doesn't have rock climbing experience.

After achieving the top of wall, it was a long walk across the mountain with a drop in elevation towards Karanga camp. The last little bit is a steep ascent up towards Karanga camp at around 13,500 feet. This camp again was jam packed as it's along the main route that most people take when approaching the summit from the south. The camp provides some fun views, and is really the last chance to acclimatize before pushing towards the summit.

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