Loma Mansa

In 1970, while working as a teacher in Kabala, Sierra Leone, a number of my friends and I undertook an expedition to climb to the top of Loma Mansa (or Bintimani, as it is also known), the highest mountain in Sierra Leone and, for that matter, West Africa (6,381 ft / 1,945 m).
The outing took two or three days of trekking each way, plus one day for the ascent itself, with accommodation and food being sought in villages along the way.
Unfortunately, due to cloud, the views were very disappointing from the top (on a clear day it is said the Penninsular mountains can be seen, 200 miles away!). However, we consoled ourselves by leaving a message in the cairn on the summit saying that we couldn't wait to get back to 'LK's' (the main bar in Kabala) and by playing a mock game of Bridge!

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