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|
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.