There is just something about them that makes my heart happy. oh right. I already said that.
so, when I found out that Malawi has the highest peak in central Africa, south of those famous ones up in tanzania and kenya, and North of the Drakensberg's, I was thrilled. Mount Mulanje hits a maximum peak of 3002m (9850ft), which, for those of you who need reference points: Blackcomb mountain is 1609m, Mt Edith Cavell 3363 m & Mt Robson is 3959m. this "monadnock" is situated about 2hrs away (ish) (on minibus time) from Blantyre. Long story short, I arranged with a new Australian friend of mine, that we would be able to hit up the mountain this past weekend. I wanted to go now, since next weekend there is an exciting visitor to Blantyre (which I will not mention, until he arrives), then the two following weekends will be filled with a visit from the boy i love, and then it will be toying with the start of rainy season (well... maybe not. they say november/decemberish for the rains).
but, at any rate, I didn't want to wait. And, I am so happy I didn't. I will also be uploading over the next few days the better photos from the trip onto flickr. Keep an eye there!
|The Glory of Mulanje.|
My friend Ryan joined the Mountain Club of Malawi, which maintains a great hut system on the mountain. It also has blankets, cooking gear, and matresses for its members; this is VERY nice, as it makes the need to carry all of your own gear very minimal. The mountain area is about 22x26 kilometres, which gives plenty of area to explore. It gives peaks and plateaus and pools and valleys to explore. Right in the tea region of Malawi. This mountain rises up through the smoke in the atmosphere these days (it is the dry season, there are a lot of cooking fires burning), into the clouds, and provides an unbelieveable experience. I wish I was able to spend more than 3 days, but what a great 3 days.
|Food for the trip|
so, what a massif it was... On friday, We took the Boma trail up to Lichenya hut (1840m). Now... BOMA trail... not for the faint hearted. It is one of the least traveled trails, simply because the fact that it is pretty much a ladder straight up the side of Mulanje. So, essentially, we traveled up from the base, peaked, and then down across a plateau (at sunset) into a valley to reach Lichenya hut. it was one of the most challenging 8ish Km of my life. And, also one of the most beautiful. Yes, we finished in the dark (my friend Ryan... well, let's just say that he is not quite as fit as he once was), but I was so happy to have sunset on the plateau.
|1/2 way up Boma Trail.|