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Feb 14, 2013 - Day 5 - Summit!!
Total Distance: 30km Time on feet: 14hrs Starting Altitude: 4550m (14,924ft) Summit Altitude: 5895m (19,335ft) Finishing Altitude:3100m (10,168ft) Happy Valentines Day!! Scotty and I decide we'll save the cards for later as it's midnight and time to start our attempt at reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. We've managed a couple of hours sleep, but it's a strange time to be getting up and I feel weird and shivery as we drink tea and eat biscuits before setting off. I'm wearing thermal leggings, ski trousers, three pairs of socks, three...Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2013 - Day 4 - Barranco Wall to Barafu Camp
Total Distance: 13km Time on feet: 8hrs Starting Altitude: 3950m (12,956ft) Finishing Altitude: 4550m (14,924ft) Wake up in the middle of the night asking Scott if we are going to the swimming pool. The lack of oxygen is definitely going to my head. Then wake up properly at 5:30 feeling alot better. I'm so happy the headache is gone! I've been looking forward to today as we are scaling the 'Barranco Wall', a huge rock face which towers over our camp and requires a good hour of near vertical ascent. It's not strictly 'climbing' but it's...Jump to full entry
Feb 12, 2013 - Day 3 - A long way to Barranco Camp via the Lava Tower
Total Distance: 15km Time on feet: 8hrs Starting Altitude: 3840m (12,595ft) Finishing Altitude: 3950m (12,956m) via 4630m (15,186ft) Wake up at 5:30 feeling pretty good, manage to have a wash and put some mascara on thinking 'what did Cheryl Cole do??'. It's a long old climb ahead today, we have to ascend a huge distance to the dizzy heights of the Lava Tower to acclimatize, before heading back down to Barranco Camp. We make our way slowly accross the barren terrain, stripping off our layers of clothing as the morning sun gets hotter....Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2013 - Day 2 - Onwards and upwards to Shira Camp
Total Distance: 9km Time on feet: 7hrs Starting Altitude: 2980m (9774ft) Finishing Altitude: 3840m (12,595ft) At 1am Scott needs a wee, and wakes me up with all the fumbling about with the tent zips. I think he's scared cos he's convinced something growled at him whilst he was doing his wee. I choose to hold mine in. At 3am I nearly crap myself at some animal screeching outside the tent, and I'm sure it's a honey badger. In the cool light of the morning I'm not so sure it wasn't one of the guides messing us about! Everything feels damp...Jump to full entry
Feb 10, 2013 - Day 1 - Through the rainforest to Machame Camp
Total Distance: 18km Time on feet: 6hrs Starting altitude: 1490m (4887ft) Finishing altitude: 2980m (9774ft) Good morning Tanzania!! It's 5am and I'm not sure whether it's the excitement, or the heat, or the frenzied chanting from the mosque that's woken me up but I'm certainly not going back to sleep. That means Scott gets woken up too, mwahahaha. Last night I had a feeling I should put my hiking boots upside down in case a scorpion got in them, but decided I was being stupid. Instead, there's a cockroach in my boot. Scott doesn't want to...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2010 - View of Mount Kilimanjaro!
We have returned from Longido via the bumpy, dusty, dry road...we met some 'new to Africa' Aussies who are off to hike Mt. Kili today and they asked us for advice for Africa. Tracy answered patience. The Africans have an expression'pole, pole' in Swahili, pronounced pole-eh, pole-eh, which means 'slowly, slowly' and that is certainly the speed & pace of things, which you can imagine we find a little different. Yesterday, we were told to be at the 'bus station' in Longido to catch the shuttle between Nairobi and Moshi (base of Mount...Jump to full entry
Oct 1, 2009 - Summit Stones & Paul's post Kili reflections
"You went up to that mountain as one person, and have come down a very different being" Grandfather and Mountain Elder Yesterday, while at work-yes I tend to do that from time to time- I was handed this wonderful piece of writing which you will find below. It had arrived via mail, along with hand painted “summit stones” for each member of our IBD Adventure Team. Each of these priceless gifts was packed along with a magnificent booklet filled with various Adventure musings. Last night, was spent both looking and absorbing my new kindred...Jump to full entry
Sep 29, 2009 - Rob Hill, our IBD Leaders Summary
I have taken the liberty of providing you with Rob's take on the members of the IBD Adventure Team, and our Mount Kilimanjaro summit. I have added some photo's that Andy provided me with as well, as a few of my own. I intend to give you my own post trip thoughts in the next blog, now that I am back to work and sleeping properly. There is much to tell, but some of it seems very private and and became personal for me in a variety of ways. This is not a negative by any means, in fact I feel more growth has happened as a result. With out...Jump to full entry
Sep 22, 2009 - It's a little known fact, but....
Even Super Baje can't stop the hands of time, although I will attempt to use my new found Moto Babu powers to rewind the clock a bit, just to give you a better feeling for our Team effort, in reaching Mount Kilimanjaro's summit. You may also note, I have been able to add a few more pictures to the last two entries, thanks to a better PC connection here in Zanzibar. I spoke too son, I am afraid! I have just lost everything I had put in- glad your not here to listen to me use "strong" language! I will just have to finish this upon arrival...Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2009 - Summit Success, for all The IBD Team!
Jambo, my dear friends, I am now in the Serengeti on Safari after our whole Team successfully submitted to the "Roof of Africa" at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the 14th. I would say, given all factors, it was the one of the hardest physical and mental challenges I have faced. Unfortunately, the Internet here is the pits, so I can not go into much detail yet. I will though try again once I get to Zanzibar to cool my poor blistered feet in the Indian Ocean. This dream could not have become a reality without all your love and support. During...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2009 - Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - Day 6 - Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate
It is almost 10 o'clock in the evening. I am writing today's entry from the rooftop restaurant at Kilimanjaro Backpackers Hotel here in Arusha. It has been a long day, and believe me, i'm glad it is drawing to a close. I'm especially looking forward to a couple of days without trekking, which will soon be a reality. My dad and I leave on a jeep-based camping safari for 4 days starting early tomorrow morning. This morning at around 8 we awoke from our deep slumber in our tent at Mweka Hut, well rested from a full night's sleep. After...Jump to full entry
We made it! I am writing today's entry from the dry comfort of our tent here at Mweka Hut, where it has been drizzling on and off since we arrived here more than an hour ago. We've talked about walking over to the small store here to pick up a couple of celebratory Kilimanjaro beers, but I think we are too exhausted to drink them. I suspect tonight will be an early night. A small consolation for our fatigued state is the fact that we are not alone in our condition. While there are a lot of trekkers here, most newly victorious from their...Jump to full entry