I signed up as a single and was teamed, at my request, with others. They turned out to be a couple from England and one from Australia. We were all over 40--I am 54. I have had cancer treatment and surgeries in the past few years, so i need to be assured that I can receive special care if needed.
We went with F&S Kiliwarriors ( www.go-kili.com) and everything was perfect. I had been on Uhuru in April 2004 with another company. I chose to go with a different company this year and am so glad I made the change.
We had some great weather, fantastic porters who sang us songs of encouragement and shared their customs with us. While I made it to the summit both times I climbed Kili, I had an absolute blast with Kiliwarriors. Faraja was our guide, Hosea our assistant. We worked hard, but had a wonderful experience. We had pulse-ox taken every morning, toleit, shower, good food, their porter care is unsurpassed with any company, excellent equipment, gamow bag with sufficient porters to evacuate, etc. you can make it to the summit with many companies, but you can make it safely with only a few.
Huge difference in the mountain each time you go up. Weather is unpredictible and you need to be prepared for it. We had it easy that way this time. We all suffered some AMS symptoms, most took diamox but I cannot. I ate and drank and was watched carefully. I would love to go a third time, but would consider no other company but Kiliwarriors.
Contact me directly if you think I could be of help with questions or planning.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe