The second day on the Lemosho route includes a prolonged climb, particularly at a section called the Seven Hills. Before the descent to Shira 1 Camp, I began to worry that, perhaps, this will be the day that I would regret not having adequately prepared myself for this year's climb.
|Jaffar Amin, left, takes a break with Yahoo our mountain guide during the Seven Hills climb|
Jaffar, always adept at engaging any stranger in conversation, kept talking to three climbers during our ascent of the Seven Hills section, one of whom was a Canadian and another, an American. They were climbing with a Tusker team. At a certain point, one of them asked:
"So you are climbing for a charity?"
"Yes," Jaffar responded.
I explained that it was not for a particular charity, that we were raising money for a school, and a group of disabled persons.
Jaffar added: "We are also doing a reconciliation of the past, our fathers were the former leaders of Uganda and..."
"Who is your father?"
"Mine, Idi Amin; his, Julius Nyerere."
To which the American replied, "That's a good one." And they walked past us as we continued with our short rest.
I had the impression that the other climber did not believe Jaffar's last response. I found out later that I was right.
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