We Did It! We reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa (and Europe) at 8am on Saturday morning. It was the hardest physical thing both of us have ever done. On the summit night we started from 4600m at 12am and then walked uphill in a blizzard for 8 hours until we reached 5895m. Usually, in normal conditions it takes relatively fit people 6 hours and yet we were the first people to reach the summit! It was about -15 degrees and at points a bit scary; we had to follow our guide as he forged new paths through virgin snow, sometimes two feet thick or more, with very low visibility.
Both of us got very close to giving up at different points, but somehow we carried on. Luckily we felt very few effects of altitude sickness. We are pretty exhausted, we have achey feet, cracked lips and flakey faces. Alex sprained his other ankle on day 3 (Weds). But we are very happy to have done it, after dreaming about this for years, and we are even happier to have met and exceeded our fundraising goal, thanks to our very generous donors - thank you so much everyone for giving, and helping to support these two wonderful organisations.