Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Africa's highest mountain and the largest freestanding mountain in the world. My son hiked up Kilimanjaro last year and for him it was a life changing experience. Now please don't misunderstand me, climbing this mountain is no small undertaking, only about 30% of those who attempt it succeed. People die on this mountain.
At the beginning of the last century the glaciers in the photograph covered almost the whole of the top of the mountain but have since receded to the point where they will be completely gone by 2033.
To get there you first have to hike through tropical rain forest with mosquitoes and all the other things that come with being in the tropics. James and the group that he went with stayed in the town of Moshi near the foot of the mountain, real Africa.
The main road in Moshi
I'll have to write a post about the town under "M". Or then, maybe not, we'll see.
With them, what they did was to first climb the sister mountain Mount Meru so as to acclimatize to the altitude before attempting Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a really good thing to do, most people who have to turn back on Kilimanjaro, do so because of altitude sickness, very serious stuff, life threatening actually. More than 19 thousand feet above sea level, not much air here, blood vessels begin to burst and other serious health issues begin to arise. One of his team members went blind on the way up and needed to be led the rest of the way. It cleared up once she was back off the mountain, whew!
Earlier Kilimanjaro blog posts Here's a link to a whole lot I've written about Kilimanjaro in previous posts, well worth reading.
I'm not going to write another long post about this, well not now, but I will write about Tanzania under "T".
Click on the link for a more interesting read. Thanks for the visit, Geoff.

9 comments:

  1. Great post and personal take on the Mt Kilimanjaro climbing experience. I never realised it was so tough.

    Gave your blog a shout out in my K post today.

    Judy

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  2. Judy, thanks for the kind words and the shout out.
    Blessings, Geoff.

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  3. thanks for answering my question!! :-) that snow was all I needed to know.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  4. Hello, Geoff! That picture of Kilimanjaro makes it look close enough to touch. I can see how many might think it a breeze to climb. Your description of what it takes to "hike" up the mountain puts it into perspective. Wow! Quite an ordeal; but I bet it's quite an experience.

    Thanks for this article! :)

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  5. Hello Colin.
    Kilimanjaro is indeed a bit of a thing, and getting to the top is something to pat yourself on the back over, no doubt about it.
    I popped over to your blog and read a couple of your posts, very interesting and enjoyable. Couldn't leave a comment nor follow though, internal server error or something. I'll try again in the morning.
    Bless you chap, nice to have a male blogger around, Geoff.

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  6. Hi Geoff,
    I sure do remember the intensity of the prayer for your son and this group!

    Such a beautiful mountain, one that needs to be respected.

    Blessings,
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  7. Hi Geoff,
    I sure do remember the intensity of the prayer for your son and this group!

    Such a beautiful mountain, one that needs to be respected.

    Blessings,
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  8. Awesome shot of the elephant

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  9. Great shots of Moshi.


    6 KEYS TO CHOOSING MT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING ROUTE
    To choose the right Kilimanjaro Climb route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of.
    Who: Who is climbing? The whole group's abilities must be factored into choosing a route. The rest of the party is relying on your decision. Pick a route that best fits everyone.
    What: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheap/expensive routes, and short/long itineraries.
    How: How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? These answers will affect which route is for you.
    Where: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety.
    Why: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick the most scenic route.
    When: If you are climbing during the dry season, great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb's difficulty.
    So Which is the best route to use to climb up kilimanjaro? Lemosho Route and Rongai Route are the most scenic routes up kilimanjaro. Mt Kilimanjaro Machame route is also a scenic and very popular route with many climbers.
    The Marangu Route Climb is however the most used route since it has the advantage of sleeping in huts with bunker beds, hot showers, beverages and beers in the evenings are also available. Marangu is also the shorter route and can be done in 5 days although an extra day for acclimatisation is recommended.

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