We leave Douala at 5:45 a.m. to Buea, former capital of Cameroon, at the bottom of the Mount and city where the hiking starts.
We take some minutes to talk with Ferdinand, manager of the guides office, to meet Francis, our guide and who will lead us to the top. We start walking at 8 a.m.
The first part consists of an almost three hours walk in the tropical forest. Green, verdant, green, green and noisy …
10:43 a.m. We finally exit the forest, and a green and gray wall appears and stands up in front of us. A slope which seems to have no end, because of the mist. A 45° gradient minimum. Just a few seconds to breath, gather our strengths, and we start climbing.
With the GPS logs I have from the hiking, I’m discovering now that this piece is 1,12 miles long. 1,12 miles with a slope that is over 45° gradient, I wonder how we got through it .
2:12 p.m. We finally arrive at the refuge where we’ll spend the night, before walking to the top tomorrow.
Of wood and metal sheets, the place is flimsy but will protect us. At this altitude, temperatures at night fall below 50°F.
The night falls on the volcano …