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|Attic Tony||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 22nd June 2003|
My first experience with high altitude, was lucky not have any problems (didn't bother with Diamox or anything like that, but had an extra acclimatisation day in Kerranga Valley).
Summit day was tough, a long steep slog made harder by the cold and noticeably thinner air, but well worth it. Once Stella Point was reached (at sunrise - beautiful, but unfortunately didn't get a photo), the last hour to Uhuru was no problem at all. Going down on the loose scree was fun - pretty knackering, but the satisfaction saw me through the rest of the day.
After all that, those beers at Mweka Camp were much appreciated!
For the record, out of our group of 21, 19 got to Stella Point and 14 made the summit.
|Posted Jul 1, 2003 11:01 am|
|Paul Spraycar||Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: February 14, 2003|
|Summited in five days. Monsoon arrived a little early this year, so we encountered cold, rain and snow most days. Summit morning brought perfect weather. Reached the summit at 5:30 am from Barrafu Hut.|
|Posted Jun 29, 2003 4:01 pm|
|JouPäivikki||Route Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2003 06:01|
|Weather was great hole ascent. So it was quite easy and enjoyable almost all the time. Nice mountain. And I met there a girl who is like an angel!|
|Posted May 23, 2003 8:26 am|
|eugeneowen||Route Climbed: Umbwe-Arrow Glacier-Breach Date Climbed: 23 January 2003|
|One of my top moments in life. A week well spent and I'll be back for more.|
No snow on summit; the Arrow Glacier was very icy, as was the small glacier you climb from the crater to Uhuru. Did not sleep in crater but went straight up from last camp. Walked all the way round the crater from the summit to Stella and then Gilman's point to take some pics and spent a few hours above 5600m.
Descended to Kibo for a beer and then down to Horombo.
|Posted May 14, 2003 7:47 am|
|panda-||Route Climbed: Arrow Glacier Date Climbed: 23 July 2001|
|A nice trip. The Arrow Glacier is more or less gone. The route was steep, but not really difficult or dangerous. A few scrambling sections near the crater rim were nice but not very exposed. The lokal guys did a good job carrying gear, talking friendly and making better food than I usually eat at home. |
I did not camp in the crater but instead walked directly from Shira Plateau to the summit with a few hours of rest at Arrow Glacier camp. This saves the porters a lot of gear-carrying.
Regards Bjørn Revil
|Posted Mar 27, 2003 3:05 pm|
|cuprina||Route Climbed: Machame / Mweka Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2003|
|Had great weather all 6 days on the mountain. First of my Seven Summits...|
|Posted Mar 4, 2003 9:04 pm|
|scotchhooligan||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: February 2003|
|Great hike, good weather, good company. Did it in seven days (extra night in Karanga Valley in between Baranco and Barafu). I'd never been over 14,500 feet, so didn't know what to expect. Never had any altitude symptoms; didn't take diamox. Hike is a slow dance until summit night, which really wasn't all that grueling either, just cold and windy. Climbed Lava Tower, which offered a few technical but not at all exposed moves. Monsoon has apparently arrived early this year, but we had good weather with just a bit of rain.|
|Posted Mar 3, 2003 12:54 pm|
|erik_ravenstijn||Route Climbed: Arrow Glacier Route (Western Breach) Date Climbed: 30-01-2003|
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2003
|A beautiful climb because every day the terrain is different. The last day to the summit was hard in my experience and the scree is quite steep. See for the route description the 'Arrow Glacier Route' under 'Routes'. More information at: www.climbingtours.net|
|Posted Mar 2, 2003 9:35 am|
|Gord Boston||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: Dec. 26/03|
|Muddy and rainy all the way, except for summit day. No one we consulted there would confirm that we had just been unlucky. Avoid December/Christmas if you are thinking of climbing this mountain.|
Nevertheless, an experience that can only be mitigated, not spoiled, by inclement weather.
|Posted Feb 5, 2003 8:54 pm|
|Liga||Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: January 2, 2002|
|Fantastic nature and nice trip. My first high altitude experience. It wasn't so bad, although we didn't do much aclimatisation. Very nice weather all five days we spent in Kilimanjaro park.|
|Posted Jan 29, 2003 8:27 am|
|Gernot||Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: 30.1.2002|
|It was my first mountain with an altitude higher than 4000m and a lot of fun. I did it with the Summit Club.|
|Posted Jan 13, 2003 4:19 am|
|damodamodamo||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 24th November 2002|
|A great trip. Can you believe we did this for our honeymoon?|
November is the "short" rainy season: we got soaked!! If I have one tip - it is to make sure that your bags, including day packs, are 100% waterproof. Once stuff is wet, it is impossible to get things dried out. Another problem with this time of year is that it is cloudy almost all the time - so you get only the occasional glimpse of the mountain on the way up and miss out on some spectacular views. On the positive side of this season - we had the mountain to ourselves - there was only one other person on the machame route with us (Hello Morat!) and he took an extra acclimatisation day, so we had the summit trek to ourselves and we only saw one person come up the Marangu route too....
I started feeling the altitude as early as Shira Hut - I lost appetite and had a headache - but felt mostly ok from then on. Otherwise, I didnt have too many problems.
I really enjoyed the scramble up from Barranco - its reputation as "breakfast" is exaggerated....!
The last day is truly a slog and the last couple of hundred meters up to Stella Point (once you can see it) seem to take forever. You realise how difficult it is when you see your guides struggling! My wife was a legend - she had so much determination to get up there - and despite being sick (dont eat too much at the final meal!) made it all the way to Uhuru.
The sunrise from Stella Point is sensational. My biggest regret is that I didnt have the energy to get he camera out to capture it.....!
The way down was horrible. I was too tired to descend quickly down the scree without worrying I was going to hurt myself. From Barafu to Rau camp is easy, but from Rau camp to the gate through the forest was almost unpassable because it had rained so much - it took us a whopping 6.5 hours to squelch our way through!
In summary: brilliant to have done it!!
|Posted Dec 11, 2002 10:10 am|
|Charles Garrett||Route Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: November 1997|
|Climbed with forty-odd others raising money for Downside Up, a Moscow-based charity for children with Down's Syndrome. Great success: all but a couple got to the summit ridge, 14 of us got to Uhuru. Raised over £40,000 for the Russian children. Beautiful climb.|
|Posted Dec 6, 2002 9:57 am|
|richardpattison||Route Climbed: Rongai Route Date Climbed: Thursday 24th February 2000|
|We used the Rongai Route with Exodus and the African walking company. A beautiful and quiet trail from the north side. We were the only group on that side of the mountain. Take your time, it's not a race, success is to reach the top and come back alive. Very easy as long as you're determined, focused and walking slow. The summit day is exhausting, 11 hours from kibo and back, then another 3 hours to Horombo. Have heart...|
|Posted Nov 21, 2002 6:47 am|
|fastandlight||Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: August 16, 2002|
|Climbed the Machame route over seven days. It was a great climb with ideal weather. Summited at 8:30 AM in perfect conditions. Check out my web site for more details|
|Posted Nov 8, 2002 2:20 pm|
|mountainjim||Route Climbed: Marungu Route Date Climbed: 28 November 2001|
|Very cold, windy, snowing and sleeting....fantastic views......loved it.|
|Posted Oct 31, 2002 5:57 am|
|Pieter_1976||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: august 26 2002|
|This has nothing to do with climbing, but for some reason you've got to have been there|
|Posted Oct 22, 2002 9:32 am|
|Guilty||Route Climbed: Machame/Barafu/Mweka Alternative (Rau) Date Climbed: July 24, 2002|
|Wow! I think this is the NEW main route. On my certificate it shows two times I summit. The reason is, I had to go back down and drag this close friend up. She gave up mentally. That is your only CHALLENGE on this route. |
When going back and fourth I observed three times more hikers ascending the Barafu route, then the Marangu route. When leaving the Barafu Hut the ranger said they expect at least 200 more hikers coming up that day. Hmmm, how much can the mountain take?
I brought a digital video camera and recorded all the route. If you are interested in hiking the mountain, this is a good video to show you what it is like. Get in touch with me for a copy of it.
|Posted Aug 9, 2002 3:58 am|
|happecamper||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: July 5-12, 2002|
|Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut camp - heavy and thick mud, water puddles on trail, gaiters needed.|
Day 2: Machame to Shira camp - warm and sunny, no mud.
Day 3: Shira to Barranco camp - warm and sunny all the way, cool at night.
Day 4: Barranco to Karranga camp - cool, windy and sunny on trail, cold at night.
Day 5: Karranga to Barafu camp - cool, windy and sunny on trail, cold at night.
Day 6: Barafu to Uhuru Peak - very cold from 12AM to sunrise, no clouds, no snow on trail.
Day 6: Uhuru Peak to Rau camp (Mweka alternate) - cool with light hail at Barafu.
Day 7: Rau to Kidea Village gate: light to medium mud until 4x4 trail, warm and sunny.
All six members of our group made the summit on our first attempt. The extra day at Karranga camp ensured no one got altitude sickness and it gave us extra rest on the days before summit. Highly recommend www.roysafaris.com. Thank you Julius, Elias and Remy.
|Posted Jul 31, 2002 11:36 am|
|Drazil||Route Climbed: Londorossi Date Climbed: September 2001|
|Africa was magical. An amazing time all around. |
My travel partner Dave and I took the less traveled route which offered beautiful vistas and the feeling of utter isolation from the rest of the world. Just us and the mountain!
The Londorossi Route : Lemosho - Shira 2 - Shira 1 - Moir Hut - Arrow Glacier - Western Breach - Uhuru Peak - Rau Camp - Kedia Gate (Mweka Alternate)
We did not come across a soul till we summited at 6:35 AM on 09-Sept-02, to the most spectacular sights! Breath taking (and not just due to the altitude!) The sun was just rising, the glaciers were aglow. Standing there, the highest point on the continent, high above the clouds ... difficult to explain all the surging emotions. We made it and I have now fallen in love with the mountains.
Our guides and porters were incredible, without whom Dave and I could never have made the trek. All arranged with the expert help of Desmond and Seamus of the Marangu Hotel in Moshi .
A trek I highly recommend to anybody with a sense of adventure and who enjoys the incredible beauty and splendor of Nature!
|Posted Jun 27, 2002 12:14 pm|