Leaving for Kilimanjaro July 22, 2011
Today I am leaving for a climb of Kilimanjaro. I have organized and will be leading 10 great people up the mountain. This trip all started about 2 years ago when a couple of good friends asked if I would help them climb Kilimanjaro. As we talked about it we decided to see if there were others who were also interested. Without much looking we found 9 others to join us. Our group consists of me, Janicke, Tanya, Deb, Stuart, Mike, Kelly, Irene, Mimi, Sue, and Sarah. Many of them have altitude experience and it would be hard to find a more fit group. I am looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro with them.
This will be my second climb of Kilimanjaro and part of a warm-up for my climb of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica starting in mid November of this year. Vinson will be the last of the 7 summits for me (the highest point on all 7 continents).
While we are climbing Kilimanjaro I will be sending messages back to keep you updated as to our progress. Since I will be sending text messages the content will be simple. I will post a full trip report when I get back.
This afternoon we fly to Amsterdam and then on to Kilimanjaro International Airport. This is an exciting trip and one that we have all been looking forward to for a long time.
Out of the African plains, Kilimanjaro rises majestically to 19,340 ft. Mount Kilimanjaro is a study in contrasts. Starting out from dry savannah, we ascend through a series of different ecosystems - rainforests and moorlands - to emerge at a mile-wide volcanic caldera, covered in snow. A hike up Kilimanjaro is climatically a walk from the equator to the North Pole. Few mountains match the majesty and mystique of Kilimanjaro. While in Tanzania we will also explore Arusha National Park on a one day safari.
Our trek up the mountain avoids the frequently touristed path in favour of the more picturesque Machame route. The climb will take us through swiftly changing conditions while revealing remarkable views of east Africa's peaks and plains. On the eve of our summit day, we will depart our camp at 15,000 ft and make our way through the dawn, reaching the summit peak by early morning. In this rare setting, we can savour the view of a new dawn over Africa - Kenya to the North, Tanzania to the south. Having seen it before I can attest to the beauty.
I hope you will follow along on our trip.
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While on Kilimanjaro I will be wearing Sherpa Adventure Gear products. I first discovered this amazing company while in Nepal training for Everest. Founded by Tashi Sherpa (yes he is a real Sherpa), they produce great outdoor adventure and lifestyle gear and a portion of the profits go back to support the Sherpa people of Nepal. Check them out at www.sherpaadventuregear.com