Mt Cameroon

Elodie and I, along with four other great friends, spent three days climbing Mt Cameroon, which stands well above anything else in west Africa. We first spent a few days on the black sand coast of Limbe, before heading up to Buea, the starting town at about 1000m.

With the required (compulsory) guides and porters, we set off up the steep trail. Day one really did just consist of gaining lots of altitude so as to provide a great view for the night at 'hut 2'. We could see the coast and the lights of Douala (Cameroon's largest city) laid out below.

The next morning dawned fine and clear in spite of this still being the west African 'wet season'. We really did get lucky with fantastic views from the summit at 4095m. It was then a long wander along the massive bulk of the mountain to the far southern end, where we descended past the still warm eruption craters from 1999 and 2000.

The last night was spent tenting at the place called Mann Spring (more of a muddy dribble), before the final days walk back through wonderful rain forest. The most surprising thing about the trip for me was the punga like tree ferns complete with unfurling koru shoots, just like New Zealand?


patrick said…
That Cave shot is magic! Any moa bones?

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