Kenyan mountaineer James Kagambi wanted quiet contemplation when he achieved his dream last week of getting to the summit of Mount Everest, making history as part of the first all-black team to climb the world's highest peak.
But the 62-year-old retired school teacher admitted to BBC Focus on Africa radio's Veronique Edwards that it a bit of a disappointment:
Quote Message: When we got on top there were so many people, so you couldn't have your own space. The first thing I wanted to do was like to kneel down and pray. I couldn't find a place for that, but I still prayed as I was standing up.
Quote Message: Taking even a photograph, just yours, was hard. So you had to take a photograph where other people [were also] showing."
It is normal to see queues near the summit during the climbing season. It often depends on how suitable the climbing weather is.
Yet Mr Kagambi, an experienced climber who has also become the first black Kenyan to conquer the mountain, said it was not what he had expected:
Quote Message: "I was surprised by the number of people that were on top. Looking at all the other mountains I've gone to, I have always had time by myself just to sit and reflect, that was not to be on Mount Everest.
Quote Message: I was happy for everybody, it just happened that most people got up almost at the same time. I was still very happy that I summitted and the time I got there, 6am, was a good time because the sun had just come up so the photos came out right."
Speaking from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, he admitted that scaling the mountain had not been easy, but his rigorous training - that included scaling Mount Kenya six times from January to April - had paid off.
Quote Message: I was very happy for how I had prepared because there was no one time I felt like I have used my muscles I cannot move anymore. I feel like I had prepared myself adequately and even more than I needed."
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