Ultimate Kilimanjaro client, singer and actor Noel Sullivan, blogs about his Kilimanjaro climb on Huffington Post UK.
We asked (guide) Meshack why we leave at midnight. He said “So you cannot see what you are attempting to do”. Comforting. But for us completely irrelevant. For the few hours before we left, it had snowed. The entire path ahead had been dusted in white. That coupled with the full moon ahead gave us a luminous lunar landscape to trek through. We switched off our head torches and allowed our eyes to adjust. This was the Arctic region of the mountain, a barren, lifeless area covered in ice and rock. At this altitude the oxygen is half that of sea level. And we would feel the effect of that greater tonight than any other night.