Cameroon Mountain Summit Log (#698)
- Signed By: Spencer DeMar Riley
- Date Submitted: July 19, 2004
I climbed Mt. Cameroon twice with Dr. Emmanuel Suh, who signed earlier. We were there to put some deformation equipment on the mountain. Hopefully it will tell us some interesting things about what is going on beneath the mountain. I thoroughly enjoyed the climb. The descent down that southeast face is pretty knee-smashing though. It's a very unique volcano, and it's also beautiful. If you have time to explore the top of the mountain, there is a whole new world up there. I thought the rift that runs the length of the mountain, and is visible up top was breathtaking. You can stare down the axis and see collapsing earth and cracks for miles attraversing terrain etc. The 1999 vent is very beautiful too. It still looks like it erupted yesterday. There are fresh cinder cones still fuming and everything. Plan on spending 2 days getting up and 2 days getting down. That should give you time to enjoy the sights a bit. The first time we hiked up the Guiness trail and then went down the axis past the 1999 vents before descending all in 3 days, and it was fairly grueling. You have to pack all your water in though because past hut 2 there is almost NO water on the mountain. Take a guide out of Buea. There is a tourist center there that you can contact to arrange your trip. Some of our porters were better than others (some of them got cramps and delayed our ascent/had to have other porters take their weight etc.) We DID have two SUPER porters that were brothers by the name of Yanic and Joseph. They are well worth requesting (ie. both could probably carry two bags up and down). The porters are pretty affordable, and well worth the cost.