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Written By: sean on September 27, 2013 11 Comments
Mt Kilimanjaro – Summit – Uhuru Peak (5895m)

From Sean – ‘We summited at 06:30 this morning.  Rough night – very windy. Best news is that Rands and Lynn got engaged!’






Written By: sean on September 26, 2013 One Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 5

The group will be on their way  through the wild alpine desert (approx 3 to 4 hrs) to Barafu hut (4600m).  Leaving camp, the path immediately begins to rise and does so most of the way to Barafu. The landscape is now barren and desolate.  Once in camp, they will enjoy a solid meal and […]

Written By: sean on September 25, 2013 2 Comments
Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 4

Today’s climb was shorter than the previous days. This is where the Umbwe route joins the other routes – such as the popular and often crowded Machame route.  The main obstacle was the near vertical Barranco Wall.  It looks more imposing that it is.  A path zigzags up to the top and […]

Written By: sean on September 24, 2013 One Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro – Baranco camp

From Sean earlier today  ‘All in Baranco camp.  Misty all day.  Having lotsa fun.  We’re off now uphill to the waterfall on an acclimatisation walk after a popcorn and tea stop.  The summit dome has just cleared’.

From Sean this evening ‘It’s very cold at Baranco camp.  The wind is lambasting the summit.  Everyone is well […]

Written By: sean on September 24, 2013 No Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 3

This morning the climbers woke to tea and a bowl of hot water delivered to their tents. After breakfast of oats, pancakes or French toast, they began the climb up a short, steep section of the trail before coming to the dividing line between forest and heather. The trail continued along the narrow ridge and […]

Written By: sean on September 23, 2013 One Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro – Umbwe caves

From Sean – we had such a good day. Saw Toucan and two troops of Colobus monkey.  All well. Full tums and ready to sleep a hole in the hill.


Written By: sean on September 23, 2013 One Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 3

After an hours drive from the hotel this morning, the group arrived at Umbwe gate (1800m).  After completing a bit of paperwork, the hike started through the primary rain forest – onwards and upwards!

Lunch en route, and then the trail gets noticeably steeper but to compensate, the views are magnificent. The group climbed along a […]

Written By: sean on September 23, 2013 7 Comments
Mt Kilimanjaro – group pic

Pic of the group.


Written By: sean on September 22, 2013 7 Comments
Mt Kilimanjaro – Day 2

The group arrived safely at the hotel in Kilimanjaro at about 11 am this morning.  Everyone was pretty exhausted after flying through the night and then spending a three hour stop over in Nairobi before flying to Kili. Today was spent catching up on sleep and chilling. Everyone is amped for the climb tomorrow.

Written By: sean on September 20, 2013 No Comment
Mt Kilimanjaro expedition – 1 day to go

A group of twelve climbers departs for Kilimanjaro tomorrow evening.  They will fly through the night and land in Kili on Sunday morning.  Sunday will be spent sleeping, swimming and relaxing at the Protea Aishi hotel.  The climb begins on Monday.














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