On a more positive note, it was really really truly beautiful the whole way up. We chose to do the 6 day Machame trail (38.5 miles from gate to gate) which is known to be one of the most scenic routes (and I just googled it, one of the more difficult routes!!) and it definitely didn't disappoint, even when it was misty and cloudy. There was something new to see every day because you go through 5 diverse climate zones: rainforest, moorsland (no idea what that means), alpine desert, rocky stuff you have to scramble over, and straight up freezing cold glacier. (In case you can't tell, I made a few of these up).
Also, we had a small village with us the whole time because... wait for it... we had 44 porters/guides with us! I didn't even know that was possible! But honestly, we couldn't have done it without them.
All 54 of us!
All other pictures are posted to facebook!