Anny Curry is still at Arrow Glacier camp and reports still feeling somewhat sick despite taking a rest day. It was 3pm Kilimanjaro time at the time the video was made. This is not a good sign and I predict she will not attempt the Western Breach tomorrow morning. Proper acclimatization is particularly important when using the Western Breach because once a partial ascent is made, it is tremendously difficult, if not impossible, to descend on the breach. Therefore, if her symptoms worsen during the climb, she will not be able to make an immediate descent, which is the best treatment for altitude sickness. Instead, Curry would still have to continue climbing to the crater ridge before descending on the other side of the mountain.
Additionally, her itinerary probably calls for her to spend a night at Crater Camp (18,500 ft) tomorrow night. The increase in altitude from Arrow Glacier to Crater Camp is beyond the recommended guidelines which say that ideally one should gain no more than 1,000 feet per night. Crater Camp also sits in what is classified as the “extreme” zone – over 18,000 feet. So it would be highly risky (and pretty foolish) for someone who is experiencing altitude sickness at 16,000 feet during a rest day to stay at Crater Camp on the next night.
Curry also mentioned on video that yesterday she climbed from Barranco Camp, not Moir Hut, to Arrow Glacier. Barranco sits at about 13,000 feet. Thus, it appears that her climb itinerary looks like this so far.
- Machame Gate to Machame Camp (9,350 ft)
- Machame camp to Shira Camp (12,500 ft)
- Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (13,044 ft)
- Barranco to Arrow Glacier Camp (15,998 ft)
- Rest day at Arrow Glacier Camp (15,998 ft)
Again, this is not a typical itinerary. I’ll be watching closely to see what happens from here.