Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 8

Oct
20

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After yesterday's long ordeal, today was a pleasant and joyous celebration. A few hours of hiking down through the beautiful rainforest (including finding the endemic Impassion Kilimajaro flower) brought us to the Mweka Gate. We signed the log book a final time, after which several people paid for boot cleaning--it's amazing how dirt colored an originally black boot can become.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 7

Oct
19

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Summit day. Team Kelele Kilele (noisy summit) awoke around 11 PM to get ready for our push to the summit. We left around midnight with a full moon overhead--while some people used headlamps, the terrain was clearly visible without one. The weather was cold but movement helped keep that from being too big an issue.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 6

Oct
18

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Today was a day mostly in preparation for tomorrow. We hiked for a few hours to reach the Barafu Hut (4,673 meters, 15,331 feet) and then rested to prepare for our summit bid leaving near local midnight. Reports from those on the way down suggest a difficult day ahead. There is a good chance some of us won't make it. Hopefully we beat those chances!

On the way into camp, we happened to cross a long section of musical rocks. Here you can hear the sound of Kilimanjaro:

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 5

Oct
17

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The Barranco Wall: a massive cliff that stood on our path to the summit. That was our main challenge today.

Scrambling up the cliff took a couple of hours, both due to the sheer number of people climbing and the altitude contributing to the difficulty. The views on the way up were quite spectacular, although we entered a cloud at the top.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 3

Oct
15

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Today we walked across the Shira Plateau with Kilimanjaro standing tall by our side. It even had the decency to wear a stylish hat of clouds.

Just before leaving the plateau, we crossed the emergency road used for evacuations. Probably a much easier way up but almost certainly less fun.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 2

Oct
14

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Today the climb began in earnest. ~8 km (5 miles) horizontal and ~700 meters (2000 feet) vertical took us out of the rainforest and onto the Shira Plateau (~3500 meters, 11,500 feet). Our team is still doing fine but the rigors of the climb are coming more in focus.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: Day 1

Oct
13

Today was a good beginning. Starting with a carb loaded breakfast, I met my group and we all piled into the van that took us to the mountain. Thus began the Kilicoaster: the van often encountered bumpy roads with plenty of ruts and other vehicles needing to share the limited space. At some points, the van seemed in danger of tipping...and yet resourceful porters managed to hang on to the back ladder for brief lifts.

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