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Hannah’s Article: Mount Afadjato

Article #12 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project
Climbing Mount Afadjato, My First Mountain Ever!

By Edor Hannah, Age 12

As we trudged up, up, up, the tallest mountain in Ghana, I became so tired and sweaty that I nearly wanted to turn back. But I needed to see what the top of the mountain looked like! It was my first mountain ever.

The original name for the Ghana’s famous Mount Afadjato was “Avedzeto.” This word means in Ewe: “At War With the Bush,” because all along the slopes of the mountain there is a plant which causes the skin to itch. Hunters and farmers who used to climb the mountain were forever at war with the plants, beating them back to keep them from stinging.

The original name of the mountain was later corrupted and ignorantly changed so now it is called Mount Afadjato.

On the first of July, 2007, at the age of ten, my friends and I decided to climb Mount Afadjato. We were on holiday, and we had never before climbed a mountain or even seen one! Our hometown of Sogakope is very flat, as is the surrounding land. Mount Afadjato, however, is two thousand and nine hundred feet high. High!

My friends and I started our journey from Sogakope to Mount Afadjato at six in the morning. We took a bus at the lorry station, and reached the mountain at two in the afternoon. Mount Afadjato is in the Volta Region, just like our Sogakope, but it is still so far away!

The mountain is located near two villages called Laiti and Gbledi, right at the border with the country of Togo. The mountain is shaped like a yam (yum, yum!) and is covered with thick tropical forest. I have read that there are about 3,000 different species of butterflies on the mountain and many dozens of species of animals– including monkeys and beautiful birds. (“Species” means a group of animals or plants which are able to breed with each other to produce young ones.)

At last, we reached to top of Mount Afadjato! We had succeeded in scaling our first mountain ever. Far down below, we saw beautiful scenery: nearby villages, valleys, waterfalls, the Akwapem and Togo range, and in the distance, the Volta Lake! My friends and I snapped so many pictures, and then at last we started back down the mountain, so happy.

But suddenly, it began to rain. The path became slipperier and slipperier, and the water poured down.

“Hannah!” my friend shouted. When I turned back to answer her– oh no!— my leg hit a rock and I fell down and broke my leg!

But was it worth this pain to be able to climb my first ever mountain and see the view from the top of Mount Afadjato?

YES, IT WAS!!!

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Ryan

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

When you climbed the mountain, where you ever afraid? Because I'm EXTREMELY (!) afraid of heights.

Idiris

Monday 16th of November 2015

That's really amazing, and I wish I can do that one day.

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Friday 28th of May 2010

Aaron from Happytimeblog said... Great article Hannah, you managed to pack so much information into it that you should work for Lonely Planet! I'm glad your broken leg didn't take away the glory of climbing a mountain (something that I have yet to do) but I think you should be more careful next time - Ha!

I really enjoyed your article and everyone else who has written for Lillie, I always look forward to reading them...

Thanks

Aaron from Happytimeblog - UK

March 1, 2010 4:35 PM

Suzi said... Hannah,

you have written a wonderful article that I enjoyed reading very much!

Not only have you given me a lot of interesting information about this mountain of yours, but you have described the mountain and your experience so well that it's like a moving picture in my mind!

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and helping us to see it so clearly!

Suzi from the United States of America (California)

March 1, 2010 6:08 PM

Chelsy Hooper said... Hannah, I loved how you explained the meaning of the mountain's name at the beginning- that definitely gave me an idea of the terrain. It was so interesting to read about the variety of butterflies and other animals on the mountain- it made me want to go there and see them! I am so sorry you broke your leg, but the ending of your story was so happy, that you felt it was worth it! It must have been quite a trip! -Chelsy Hooper, Nashville, TN, USA

March 1, 2010 9:04 PM

Luddy Sr. said... Hannah,

What a great adventure! Climbing a mountain is a big accomplishment. Even with your injury you still say it was worth it! Wow.

- Kwabla (Connecticut, USA)

March 3, 2010 2:11 AM

Anonymous said... Hello! This is Happy Hannah!

How is life? Thanks for your good comments. I felt amazing when I read your comments. Thank you!

- Happy Hannah

March 9, 2010 9:11 AM

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