Sunday, October 11, 2009
Ankara Gucu runs wild in Uganda
Greetings Kankas! I would like to inform you that several important geographical locations in Uganda have been claimed through the hoisting of the AnkaraGucu flag! The first picture that you see is of yours truly along with our guide Lucky and our "protection" George, he being the one with the AK-47. They claim it was to guard against marauding buffalo and such, but I suspect it was really to protect Mountaineering Kankie and myself from rogue Carsi hooligans. Who knows.
The mountain is actually a 3667 meter volcano called Sabinyo (which means old man's teeth) and sits directly on the border of Uganda, Rwanda, and the DR Congo. So does that mean AnkaraGucu can lay claim to all three countries? Of course it does!
The climb was a challenging one. Sabinyo has several peaks (thus its name) and we had to wait until the third for the true summit, which was accessed by rickety stick ladders plastered onto the side of its 80-90 degree face. A bit hairy, but ok. However on the summit it began raining and all those ladders became slippery for the way down. That, was really hairy. We are talking Yusuf Yusuf! Ah well, all's well that ends well!
The second photo you see is a bit of a departure from my normal antics. Is it possible to claim a river? If it is, AnkaraGucu can now claim the longest river in the world! The Nile! Hope you enjoy the pictures. I dedicate Sabinyo's climb to Gucu's most recent dismantling of an Istanbul team. An amazing victory. Miss you all and hope to be climbing for Gucu again very soon.
- Mountaineering Kanka
By Oz Kanka - October 11, 2009