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Aug 19, 2011 - Kili Day Six: Return to the Gate and Goodbye
In total from midnight until about 3:30pm when we reached Horombo yesterday we ascended 1200m and descended 2200m and our bodies - legs, arms, back and feet felt it!
Aug 18, 2011 - Kili Day Four/Five: Part III: Return to Kibo Hut
We didn't linger at Uhuru for long, we arrived there about 7:30am, the sun was now up and we were warming up slightly, we grabbed a quick snack and the crowd that was made up of trekkers from all the various routes up the mountain was getting larger.
Aug 18, 2011 - Kili Day Four/Five: Part II: Summit Day (Night)
Room 2 at Kibo Hut, in addition to Amanda, Anna and myself, housed the following:
Aug 18, 2011 - Kili Day Four/Five: Part IV: Return to Horombo Camp
Following our lunch of chicken noodle soup and toasted sandwiches it was time to continue our descent.
Aug 17, 2011 - Kili Day Four/Five: Part I - Kibo Hut (4700m)
Today was the start of a very long 48 hours.
Aug 16, 2011 - Kili Day Three: Horombo Camp (3700m)
Since this was our "rest" day, our breakfast and wake up was later than normal and we didn't have to pack up our gear.
Aug 15, 2011 - Kili Day Two: Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3700m)
Mornings went about the same each day. We were usually awake before the knock at the door from Johnny with tea, milo and coffee. He'd come inside and make each of us a cup of whatever we wanted and in response to our "Good Morning, Johnny", he'd always ask us how we slept...like a baby?
Aug 7, 2011 - Safari Day 3 - NgoroNgoro Crater
Safari day 3 took us to the NgoroNgoro crater. A massive volcanic crater caused by the collapse of the original volcano. It was 21km wide and held many different animals. The most exciting were the Lions. We finally saw a male Liom however it was pretty far! We also saw for the first time two Rhino's. They were also really far and unfortunately my new Zoom lens wasn't strong enough to get all the way there! It was a cool experience but we were pretty safari'd out at that point. Its lots of fun but gets a bit claustrophobic in the same car...Jump to full entry
Aug 6, 2011 - Safari Day 1 and 2
We started our Safari in the Tangiere national park on the Serengetti. It was incredible! We saw Elephants, Zebras, Giraffe's, Impala's, wildbeast, monkeys, and to top it all off we saw a Lioness laying on a rock bed! We have some great photos on our other camera we'll try and upload when we get to a landline. That night we stayed at the Butman Safari lodge which was 2km away from the park. It was very sketchy to say the least! The manager explained the weird noises we hear at night could be lions or hyenas crossing the lodge grounds!! We...Jump to full entry
Day 5 started early at 730am. We were hiking from our camp at Karanga to hike to the high camp at Kosovo. The hike lasted about 6 hours and took us from an altitude of approximatelu 4000m to 4800m but felt like a much longer walk as we had to hike up over lots of rocks and tough terrain. Once we got to Kosovo camp we had a late lunch and spent the rest of the day acclimatizing to the altitude. That night we had an early dinner as day 6 was the summit day! We woke up early in the morning on day 6, 4am, to give us the summit all to ourselves....Jump to full entry
Sorry for the delay in our posting but its hard to find service on the mountain. We have made it to Day 4 and are going strong! It is unbelievable cold!! We knew it would be cold at night but neither of us expected to be wearing four layers of clothing to bed!! Day 1 on the mountain started out on the Umbwe route. This is a very challenging route and it had many vertical spots. It is amazing how hard it is to walk on such steep inclines. Our guide Paul let us go ahead and learn how tired we would get by trying to climb to fast! In Swahili...Jump to full entry
Jul 27, 2011 - Moshi and Arusha
Our first day in Africa was a beauty! We woke up around 8am to go for breakfast. Our guide Paul ate some kind of chicken spleen. It looked like mushrooms? We then took a 45 minute hike into the town of Moshi. When we got there we walked through the town to see the city. It was an interesting site and we took lots of pictures we'll upload later. I bought a patch for my bag and Laura bought a batik (painting) and a bracelet that is supposed to help her up the mountain. From there we went to a small diner outside of town for lunch. We ate...Jump to full entry