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Mount Cameroon – Day 3

Written by kevin

Another bad night’s sleep, with the freezing draughts blowing across me. The view down onto the clouds from Station F was lovely though.
View down grassy slope to small hut Crowd of people outside a ramshackle hut Inside of a metal hut, showing the many holes in the windward wall

Fortunately day 3 is a short day, spending the morning walking from Station F down to Mann Spring. We passed the craters from the 1999 eruption, with a surprisingly varied landscape of cinder cones as well as grassland and patches of forest. Another surprise was how quickly plants are recolonising the eruption area, starting with lichens and mosses then the strange-looking “Mountain Flower”
Cinder cone with group walking towards it People walking across a landscape of ash and cinders Scruffy-looking plant on the edge of a crater, more growing in background

After climbing up several of the cones, and in Charles’s case climbing down into one of the craters we kept going down towards the edge of the forest and Mann Spring camp with a small detour to see part of the 1999 lava flow.
A cinder cone with a W-shaped gap in the side Scattered people walking over cinder landscape Edge of forest visible in the distance beyond cinders Lava flow spread across grassland

After only about three hours walking we came through the knee-high billowed grass to Mann Spring, a lovely campsite among the trees at the edge of the forest. The porters made up for last night by being especially helpful, our tents were set up ready for us and they had spread out sleeping mats for us to lie in the sunshine. We took advantage of the spring to have a wash and Jonathan made coffee for us. As we lay there clouds occasionally drifted up through the forest.
People walking down through high grass People lying on the grass in the sunshine Peter the guide with equipments, traditional huts in background

Later an Austrian couple arrived, they had been told they needed three porters and a guide but ended up carrying the load of one of the porters. Later still a party of nuns (don’t know where from, spoke various languages) arrived. Amy cooked a nice dinner, we had baked potatoes and cheese afterward and joined the guides and porters for a bit of dancing round the campfire before the smoke got too much.

I settled down for the night much more comfortably than the last two nights, sharing a large three-man tent with Jonathan and Indar. The soft grass under the tent made for a very pleasant night.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 at 16:07 and is filed under cameroon, friends, travel, VSO.

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