Nine Norwegians and one German climbed Mt Margherita (5.109 m) in the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda in April 2011. This is the film of our journey to the peak.
The Rwenzori Mountains were for two thousand years only known in legends, as the Mountains of the Moon, until they were discovered by Stanley in 1889.
Today the mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage site, because of its rich and unique flora and fauna. It truely is a magical and wonderful place, like no other mountain on Earth.
But getting to the peak of Margherita is no walk in the park! It takes six days to reach the peak. And two to four days to get back down again - depending on how much strength you have left. The terrain can be challenging - mostly because of the rain and the ever present mud. The thin air and the risk of getting altitude sickness is another challenge.
But take your time, enjoy the magnificent surroundings, and you will make it!
I shot the trip on my Canon 5DmkII with a 24-105mm f4L lens. The last two days the camera nearly gave in to the rain and humidity. I could see it was really wet inside, and it started behaving strange and unpredictably. Taking stills was practically impossible, but fortunately video worked. Kind of. Some takes got some vertical stripes, and I had no control of any settings. But I got it - the whole trip. Thank you, my dear 5D, for hanging in there!
And thank you all, fellow trekkers, guides and porters, for an amazing time on the Mountains of the Moon!