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Kilimanjaro Sept 2010

Written By: sean on September 24, 2010 2 Comments
Kili – Day 7 – to Zanzibar

The Kili Sept 2010 gals (Malcolm's pic)

After an early start, the group will descend through the rainforest to Mweka park gate (approx 2 to 3 hr) where they will say goodbye to their local guides and porters.  Then a transfer to the airport and they depart Kilimanjaro for Zanzibar.  Overnight and celebrations at the [...]

Written By: sean on September 23, 2010 2 Comments
Kili – to Mweka camp (3100m)

After the three 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp this morning, everyone will have a well-earned but short rest, collect their gear  and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp. By now their legs will be dead tired but they’ll be feeling like supermen and [...]

Written By: sean on September 23, 2010 4 Comments
Kili – Day 6 – the Summit

’6.30am summit!  It started warm and windless and ended frozen (-5C) and blustery.  On our way down…’

(Pics courtesy of the Kili May 2010 group).

Written By: sean on September 23, 2010 No Comment
Kili – to Uhuru Peak (5895m)

After a hearty dinner last night, the group would have shuffled off into the darkness to begin their hike up a steep path of scree and seasonal snow for about 7kms which will take approximately 8-10hrs.  At Stella Point on the crater rim (5,685 m) they will stop for a short rest before the remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak [...]

Written By: sean on September 22, 2010 4 Comments
Kili – at Barafu

‘We’ve arrived at Barafu.  Everyone is well.  The weather is looking sweet – a bit windy and will be clear and cold tonight with full moon.  We depart at 11pm tonight for the summit bid’.

Barafu campsite

Written By: sean on September 22, 2010 3 Comments
Kili – to Barafu

 Just received from Sean ’Lovely day tapping up. Everyone is strong.  There are great views of the peak and Barafu is in sight. The well acclimatised porters are flying past us’.

Written By: sean on September 22, 2010 No Comment
Kili – Day 5 – to Barafu Hut (4600m)

 Today the group will take a slow trek over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be their descent route.  They will hike up the ridge through sparse landscape and alpine desert for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there [...]

Written By: sean on September 21, 2010 5 Comments
Kili – at Karanga camp (3930m)

 ’We’re at Karanga camp. What a fantastic day – tough but rewarding.  We arrived to chicken and chips – chef Salvatore is outstanding. Everyone is off to have a late afternoon and much needed nap’.

Kili ambulance Option 1

Kili ambulance Option 2

Written By: sean on September 21, 2010 4 Comments
Kili – top of Baranco wall

 Received 09:30am SA time (10:30 am Tanzanian time) ’We’re on top of the wall. Beautiful views of Mt Meru. It’s warm above the clouds. Encouragement all around and everyone is in great form’.

Mt Meru (4566m) is located 70 kms west of Kili and is the 10th highest mountain in Africa.

Written By: sean on September 21, 2010 5 Comments
Kili – Day 4 – to Karanga camp

 Today the group will ascend the great Baranco wall which is easier than it looks and will take them about an 1hr. At the top, they’ll be able to appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is.  Thereafter they will descend into the lush Karanga valley, trek over gently sloped hills and then up to 4100m for [...]

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