Mt Meru is a part of my daily life; I can see all 14,977 ft of it from campus and it’s on the St Jude’s emblem. So, it’s understandable that Trish, Barb, and I decided to climb it. The two day hike from the gate to the summit base camp was spectacular and I hope to return to explore the bird life. However, I never need to climb another 14k+ mountain again; my altitude sickness forcefully removed all the enjoyment of summiting. Trip list: Montane White-eye, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scaly Francolin, Ashy Flycatcher.