Mt. Jali is the tallest mountain in Kigali with its height at 1,866 meter from the sea level. We started our hike from 1,300 meter high.
For the second time, I climbed Mt. Jali today with three ladies. When I climbed it for the first time, I suffered greatly because the initial ascent was so steep that I could not keep up with the group at all.
This time, it was still hard to climb it for the first 30 minutes, but I felt a lot easier and more comfortable even with the initial ascent than before.
This is the sixth week in a row that I have been hiking at least once a week for longer than 4 hours. We have decided to climb it again next Saturday.
All these are part of the preparation for the "Hike Kilimanjaro 2011!" scheduled for August 28th. There are a little more than 40 days left before the D-day. I am planning to go for a 10-hour day hike to prepare better for the fifth day of the Mt. Kilimanjaro hike which requires a 13-15 hour hike including the summit attempt.
After the hike, I took shower and had a bowl of tempura udon that Kristin cooked. Fatigue made me fall asleep and it was the sweetest 2-hour nap that I had ever had in recent years. Thank you, Lord! - Jeffrey