The top priority of all of the 50+ porters, guides, chefs was the comfort and well-being of the hikers. Each went out of his way to see to our needs and desires in the kindest and sometimes most humorous way possible.
Hosea is a formidable leader. He is personable, tireless, firm, fair, concerned..... if anything, a bit too humble. He has a really big job, and he is a really big man.
I was one of the weakest links....my pacemaker was not well calibrated to exertion beyond 15-16,000 feet. My cardiologist warned this might be the case, but encouraged me to try....and I am so glad I did. Hosea was wise to give me the choice between forging ahead to Barafu or going to lower altitude ( which I chose). Felix was a careful and considerate guide, and I am very grateful for his kindness and that of the other team which accompanied me.
I tell my friends that this trip was a bit of “glamping!” Whoever heard of chairs or hot water bottles or camp toilets on a 9 day wilderness trip? Showers? An impossible luxury!
Thank you, thank you for a memorable and positive adventure. A once in a lifetime challenge undertaken in complete luxury.
- Priscilla Newbury (NY, USA)