Mount Charamba

The last two days were national holidays in Zimbabwe. All offices were closed and very few were on campus, so I decided to climb Mount Charamba one afternoon. It is a prominent mountain about a mile from campus, and I was told it means Mountain of Health. Healers of the past used that site for their healing work. Naturally, that gave me added motivation to climb the mountain. It has a rounded summit with sloping sides, so it looks like a fairly easy climb. By the time I was half way up, I realized the summit was higher than I thought, and the climb more rigorous. My guess is that the elevation is about 3000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Well, I’m happy to report that after many rest stops, I finally made it, and the magnificent view from the top made it all worth while. That perspective is bound to help my health teaching!