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|kunlun||Route Climbed: Machame - Western Beeach Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2005|
|Made it to the top on the last day of 2005. It was absolutely fantastic. The glaciers, the crater and the ash pit totally blew me away.|
|Posted Jan 4, 2006 4:48 am|
|gordonye||Route Climbed: Umbwe-Western Breach|
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2005
|Like Dirk said, an extremely demanding trip, especially because sickness, poor weather, and short time-frame come together. The western breach route should be a lot of fun if we had good weather conditions and better acclimatization. Too bad we couldn't see anything from the summit, and had to get down quickly. The hiking was very steep each day but the real kicker was altitude. On the summit day I made it to the top with frequent hollers from our guide and after being relieved of my day pack half way up the Breach.|
After hearing about the rock fall accident on the Western Breach route that killed three American climbers and injured 5 others a few days after we had been there, I feel very lucky to have made it to the top safely.
|Posted Dec 29, 2005 12:00 pm|
|Diggler||Route Climbed: Umbwe - Western Breach (Mweka descent) Date Climbed: 27 December, 2005|
|Completed with G-mack despite many trials and tribulations... |
After G contracted illness night before proposed departure date, we spoke w/ Joel (our guide) the next morning, who said he didn't mind if we started a day late & just shortened the overall trip length to just 5 days (something I would NOT recommend to anyone- give yourself at least 6 days!! Kili's a BIG mountain, & if you're coming from the US, at least, you'll have jet lag, way different weather, & food to adjust to as well!!), we started the next day. Of course, I got the bug that Gordon had 2 days up the mountain! Fever, chills, congestion, coughing & sneezing @ 2,900 m (w/ 2 successive days afterwards of 1,000m gains- ouch!!)
Anyway, 1st camp at cave. Second camp @ Barranco Hut, 3rd @ Arrow Glacier Hut. Started @ 5.32 for summit. Fresh snow on Western Breach. Would have been an enjoyable route, but as I felt like utter dog shit the whole while, I could not enjoy it... Summited @ 11.20 (after it had started snowing (it either rained or snowed each day of our trip except for our final descent day)), left summit @ 11.35. Descended to Millennium Camp that day.
Millenium Camp to base next day. Great adventure!
|Posted Dec 29, 2005 3:02 am|
|Juho||Route Climbed: Western Breach (Machame) Date Climbed: September 15th, 2005|
|So far one of the best experiences in my life. I started from the Machame gate and went up to the summit via Machame, Shira and Arrow Glacier Camps in 5 days. Just to test myself I carried my own gear (13kg) all the way to Arrow Glacier Camp and with the minimum acclimatization it was pretty exhausting.|
I reached the summit just after sunrise with only a couple of people there at the time and the views are absolutely spectacular. I truly recommend the Machame route (instead of Marangu) as you can see the Shira plateau, Lava Tower and Arrow Glacier from Western Breach which are the highlights of the ascent.
|Posted Dec 17, 2005 1:07 pm|
|luckykat||Route Climbed: Rongai Date Climbed: 04 November 2005|
|Yes! I made it to the top. The whole team has written up their stories on our website.|
Enjoy! Hope it helps those of you who come after!
|Posted Dec 8, 2005 6:00 pm|
|timfoltz||Route Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: Summer of 2001|
|Great Climb, mostly a long hike up and down|
|Posted Dec 8, 2005 12:40 pm|
|vbc285||Route Climbed: Marungu Route Date Climbed: June, 2001|
|Three days up and two down. Awsome climb and experience. One down and 6 to go!!!|
|Posted Dec 3, 2005 4:30 pm|
|Jaybird-99||Route Climbed: Western Breach (via Lemosho) Date Climbed: February 24th, 2005|
Have a look at my trip report journal.
It is best read as the pdf file as it has quite a few pictures and graphics.
|Posted Nov 22, 2005 2:08 pm|
|emilie||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: September 15, 2005|
|Went with Duma Explorers and highly recommend them - excellent value for the cost. This was the toughest thing I have ever done, mainly because I was sick the entire time (and not altitude sickness). We had cold frosty weather at the top with no view, but I didn't care - I made it to the top of Africa! :-) The descent was actually the toughest part for me - 15,000ft in a day and a half on rock (snow is much easier on the joints).|
|Posted Nov 11, 2005 6:50 pm|
|rossjmac||Route Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: 17 September 2004|
|Sue and I summited just before 6 in the morning and 3 minutes before sunrise.... Very cold but what a beautiful view of the light hitting the Serengeti with Mount Meru keeping watch in the distance... A very rewarding climb!|
|Posted Oct 28, 2005 2:45 am|
|MikeW||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: July 2003|
|First big one and a beauty. We spent 7 days on the mountain, had time to acclimatize properly on the Machame route. Climbed the Lava Tower, reach Uhuru Peak and skied down the scree slope, a lot of fun!|
|Posted Oct 25, 2005 4:41 pm|
|kac||Route Climbed: Lemosho Date Climbed: July 1, 2005|
|Had good luck with weather on top -- wasn't very cold, never had to fully zip my outer layer. Made it to the top with my friend Greg Fletchall and his son, Matt (age 12). Coming down was long and difficult. Many thanks to our guides Freddie and Charlie and the Marangu hotel, which arranged the climb.|
|Posted Oct 2, 2005 5:40 pm|
|krissydog||Route Climbed: Umbwe/Western Breach Date Climbed: Sept 18 2005|
|I reccomend the Umbwe route, we had only one other group on the route for the first two days. The Western Breach is a nice challenge too. Good climb, good time.|
|Posted Sep 27, 2005 2:00 pm|
|mymirage77||Route Climbed: Lemosho/Western Breach Date Climbed: September 19, 2005|
|Climbed with Kiliwarriors!!! They were awesome ... big thanks to Justin, Gideon and the others for guiding us to the top. All in our team of 5 made it to the Summit. Just be prepared as the descent was very challenging for several in our group. Can't say enough good things about the Kiliwarriors.|
|Posted Sep 24, 2005 4:56 pm|
|TodoVertical||Route Climbed: Marangu (Guiding) Date Climbed: Sept. 13th 2005|
|Typical september days. All seven of us reached Uhuru Peak !!|
|Posted Sep 22, 2005 2:50 pm|
|mnsurvivor||Route Climbed: Lemosho/Western Breach Date Climbed: July 7, 2005|
|Great trip with Kiliwarriors and Faraja as our guide, Hosea our assistant, Kanini our camp manager. I was here in April 2004 with a different, well-known company, but this was fatastic! Great company, guides and porters. It isn't always about the summit, even though I made it twice, but about the experience on the mountain and the men that take you there. None better than Kiliwarriors.|
Many people on the summit slogging in from Marangu at this time of year. Saw evacuated people. Scarey. Even though people of marginal fitness, like myself, can make it to the summit, you need to know it is a serious altitude and things can happen suddenly. Be prepared for that!
|Posted Sep 9, 2005 11:35 am|
|gert||Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: Dec2001|
|Wonderfull hike - will do it once again .............|
|Posted Aug 21, 2005 6:55 pm|
|Smithman123||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: May 2001|
|I climbed this route when I was 18 with two friends. We chose the Machame Route because we wanted a challenge (we couldn't see ourselves sleeping in cabins). EWP helped us organize our trip (http://www.ewpnet.com/Machame.htm), and we arrived in Kilimanjaro International Airport in late may of 2000. |
We ended up having a guide, and assistant guide, a cook, and 5 porters to help us with our hike (for details see the shortcut listed above):
EWP was fantastic, and our trip was a dream! I recommend it to anyone in good shape. Avoid the Marangu route (too touristy in my opinion), and go with one of the more remote routes if you can.
|Posted Aug 20, 2005 8:20 pm|
|Ron Leliveld||Route Climbed: Lemosho Date Climbed: 3 january 2005|
|It was very cold at the summit -20 celcius but a very good weather en view.|
Before this mountain we have done mount kenia as acclimatisation so this one was not so difficult
|Posted Aug 18, 2005 1:57 pm|
|bruno baschung||Route Climbed: machame road Date Climbed: mid september 1991|
|Summit reached mid september 1991 with my friend Christophe Woronkowicz.|
I strongly recommend the machame route, much less overcrowded and much more interesting than thje normal route.
|Posted Aug 18, 2005 8:14 am|