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|sutcliffe996||Umbwe on Kilimanjaro |
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2006
|Thanks Steve Findlay and Jagged Globe, great summit. 2 to finish off the 7 summits!|
|Posted Nov 29, 2006 8:03 am|
|huskerhiker||Marangu (Coca-Cola) Route|
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2002
|Definitely feeling like a poseur for posting on the Marangu Route.|
I may have been colder and more tired, but I don't remember when. Although steep and muddy and perhaps grueling in their own way, by far the assault on the summit was most difficult. Incredibly steep and biting cold until the sun finally came up. Several of us were so tired we fell asleep sitting on rocks waiting for members of our party to catch up.
By far the challenge was mostly mental. I have no doubt that those in our party who turned back could have made it if they supressed those inner demons.
Beautiful glaciers, summit resembles some sort of lunar surface.
|Posted Oct 30, 2006 9:52 am|
|Andino||Rongai > Marangu Traverse |
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2004
|It was a tough day !|
Got mountain sickness at about 5200m : very tired and feeling like puking all the way up. However I sticked to it to reach the top.
A short break at Gillman Point (5600m) is good to recharge batteries.
Marvellous experience though !
|Posted Oct 5, 2006 4:38 pm|
|Outdoorpartner||Shira Route |
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2005
|Hired my own guide for Shira route; did the ascent solo. Up and down in 5 days.|
|Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:25 am|
|TodoVertical||Route Climbed: Marangu 'Guiding' |
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2006
|All of us reached the summit accompanied by a beatiful sunrise that day !!!!|
|Posted Sep 30, 2006 8:57 pm|
|SusanM||Machame Route |
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006
|What an adventure. It's too much to sum up here.|
|Posted Sep 18, 2006 1:06 pm|
|SkydiveKen||Twendi Pole Pole |
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2006
|Twendi pole pole is swahili for lets go slowly. Six hours in the pitch black above 15,000' one foot in front of the other. 0 deg F and a light breeze made for perfect conditions. Managed to get to the summit 30 min before sunrise and 15 min before the crowds. Still can't believe my guide lit up a cigarette for his summit celebration. Lemosho route has a lot of up and down but very little traffic. A great route with scenic views and no crowds. Had a great expierence with Good Earth Tours. A Video and PICS|
|Posted Sep 1, 2006 8:56 pm|
|osatrik||Kilimanjaro in the 1970s |
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 1973
|In 1973 the National Park was still getting established, but the main route was pretty much the same - Marangu to Horombo Hut to Mandara Hut to Kibo Hut, summit and then one night in Horombo on the descent. We climbed in February, and had about 2 feet of snow on the crater rim.|
|Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:25 pm|
|Jay Power||Rongai |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2005
|Summited at 08:30. Descended via the very busy Marangu route. Great experience. Never again.|
|Posted Jul 31, 2006 9:54 am|
|moneal||Western Breach |
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2004
|Climbed with Mountain Madness. We had a great time, despite feeling like dirt while trying to sleep above 16,000 ft|
|Posted Jul 10, 2006 10:48 pm|
|nesnegroj||Machame route |
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2002
|We had rain all the way to the last camp, which turned to snow. WE started in snow, but it cleared and the summmit was very nice, and strangely anough - no wind at all.|
|Posted May 16, 2006 6:53 pm|
|dansearle||Rongai route |
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2006
|Great route - very quiet. Weather excellent until summit day when there was a snow blizzard. Awesome experience nonetheless.|
|Posted Apr 26, 2006 1:15 pm|
|Randolph||Kilimanjaro - Machame Route |
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2006
|My 16 year old daughter and I did the Machame Route 28 Dec 2005 - 3 Jan 2006. I have a few comments about the climb that I'd like to share.|
To start with, I'd like to establish my bone fides. I've done a fair amount of climbing in CA to include Whitney(mountaineers route) and Shasta. I also do a bit of trad climbing. I have many triathlons including 2 half-ironmans and a marathon under my belt. I'm a 22 year career Army officer to include 4 yrs in special operations units...hardship is not unknown to me.
I must say that the climb was one of the toughest physical challenges I have undertaken. To me, it was the steady, slow, one foot plopped down in front of the other 7 day slog that required significant mental as well as physical stamina.
I mention the above with the idea of disabusing anyone reading this web-site of the notion that this is just an easy hike. There are a few postings that leave the reader with the mistaken impression that this climb is no big deal. Anyone who is considering the climb and getting ready to plop down $5k+ needs to keep this in mind.
The trail conditions were excellent. It is very well maintained and does not have the rutting that folks had previously complained about. The trail, however, was extremely crowded. For 2 1/2 days, it was one long conga line going up the trail. All the groups seemed to break camp at the same time. If you want to avoid this, leave really early or hang back a bit and let the craziness get out in front of you. We chose the hang back approach which seemed to work for us.
Weather. The tempratures ranged from 80 degrees on the first day to maybe the low 20s on the the summit. I would say the average temp after the machame huts was around 45 degrees. The first day started out sunny but in mid-afternoon, it started to rain and cooled off to the low 70s. Temp at the m-huts dropped quickly when the sun started to set. For the remainder of the climb, the weather pattern seemed to be a nice sunny start(felt really nice) but at around 1030 a chilling mist would develop significantly dropping the temp. At Barafu huts, it felt pretty cold maybe low-40s, upper 30s exacerbated by extremely high winds. Everyone at the camp hunkered down trying to stay warm. Summit day (started at midnight) was not too bad at the beginning. It was a crisp, clear cold evening/early morning low 30s - upper 20s. Around maybe 5am, an icy mist developed with the temp around the low-20s with wind. On the rim, everything was iced over and the mist was very thick. Didn't get to see the glorious sun-rise you are supposed to see due to the mist.
Equipment. We brought all our gear with us. For a backpack I used the Osprey Ceres 70. It might seem like overkill, but I carried a little more in it to lessen the burden on my daughter. I used a MH phantom 15 down sleeping bag. I ended up sweating most of the nights. Was concerned about it being down and there being the threat of rain on a few days but was not a factor. My sleeping pad was a thermarest guidelight 3/4. In retrospect, I would have arranged with the guide service to rent/buy a cheapie full length closed cell pad in addition to the pad we brought. You have the luxury of porters carrying your gear so why not the extra luxury. We did bring sit pads I had cut out from a larger ridge rest pad. This was handy when we made rest/lunch stops along the way. It also extended our 3/4 pads to full length at night. I highly recommend this.
As far as clothing goes, I'll describe what I had and in the end what might have worked best. I mostly wore nylon pants (TNF) with patagonia silk weight long underwear underneath. On summit day I added another mid weight underwear layer and MH windstopper pants. This worked very well. For a top I wore a TNF El Cap long sleeve zip top shirt for the first half of the climb and a Patagonia R.5 shirt for the second half. This also worked well. Now, for jackets, I think I am guilty of overkill. I brought a TNF windshirt, a TNF softshell, a Patagonia stretch element shell, and a MH sub-zero SL down hooded parka. What I really ended up using was the stretch element jacket(very nice, lots of venting options) over my long underwear shirt when I started the day (okay I was a little chilled, but I warmed up quickly); added the windshirt for extra insulation when stopped for breaks; and upon arriving to camp, donned the parka. I word about my parka. It was probably the best clothing decision. A lot of folks say all you need are a couple of fleeces and a shell. Okay, you can do this but, again, given that porters are shouldering most of your burden, why not bring a little extra 2lbs 4 oz of luxury. I witnessed a lot of suffering from people who used the couple of fleece with shell philosophy. Even people who had down jackets were somewhat uncomfortable. You do spend a fair amount of time chillin' (pun intended?) at the camps so when you arrive, why not just don a sleeping bag of a parka and be comfortable. On summit day I wore the r.5 shirt, windshirt, and parka. This worked well, as I just kept the parka unzipped for venting. I was comfortable the whole way(especially when you get out of your tent at midnight to celebrate new years with all the singing guides). My daughter used a go-lite six months night parka which worked well for her. Turned out I didn't really use/need my TNF softshell at all.
For gaiters, we used OR expedition crocs. Probably could have gotten away with wearing something like OR's stretchy low-cut gaiters, it would have kept the scree out and the mud was manageable on the trail. Most of the time I wore REI One gloves - nice; and for the summit wore OR mittens. For a hat I had a light weight OR balaclava topped with a TNF logo beanie. For boots I wore, don't laugh, LL Bean's mountain tread mid-cuts. These are very comfortable boots and ended up working well for the climb. I will say that the tread pattern on them are kind of strange. The tread pattern appears to try to mimic some type of animal paw and is not exactly the grippiest of patterns. My daughter wore a pair of Raichle trekking boots.
Physical health. We both used dox and did not suffer too much from the altitude. Most of the effects of altitude we experienced were gastro-intestinal, nausea and the occaisional headache.
Food. I suppose this is dependent on the guide service. By and large the food we had was pretty good. By the end of the climb meat was definitely lacking and the food wasn't very fresh (you only eat what the porters are able to carry and by the 5th day pickens tend to be slim). We brought with us gel, snickers and packets of gookinaid. We also brought a water purifier and tablets but did not use either for the water. The boiling of the water seemed to do the trick. On summit day we were just given tea and biscuits at midnight and our service did not plan for another meal until arrival at Mweka late in the afternoon. I would recommend bringing/having the guides make peanut butter sandwich to eat when you return from the summit to Barafu and before you descend to Mweka.
Well, I hope this posting helps anyone considering this climb. It is an amazing experience especially if you are sharing this with someone close and special to you. Getting to the summit with my 16 year old daughter was a surprisingly emotional experience and one of the proudest moments in my life.
|Posted Feb 25, 2006 10:59 am|
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2005
|Climbed with Tusker Trail and a group who was climbing for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Perfect weather, fun trek.|
|Posted Feb 17, 2006 6:38 pm|
|b_betts||Route Climbed: Marangu Route Date Climbed: Feb 2006 |
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2006
|Did the quite busy Marangu Route (with an extra day for acclimatization). Pretty easy, but fun!|
|Posted Feb 16, 2006 9:25 pm|
|waltraud||Route: Western Breach; Date Climbed: March 2000 |
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2000
|Up on Machame Route through Western Breach, down Mweka. Made it to the summit in time for sunrise. Great view, fantastic glaciers.|
|Posted Feb 14, 2006 8:41 pm|
|rnirschel||Route Climbed: modified Western Breach from the Glacier Camp Date Climbed: January 12th 2006|
|Although we had 6 inches of snow waking us and howling winds - my guide Tobias and I summitted at 8 AM on Thursday the 12th (better than the originally scheduled Friday the 13th.)|
We did so in memory of the three trekkers killed on the Western Breach as I set out on the 5th. Headache, high pulse, low oxygen - and the magic of DEX and a hit of oxygen got me up to the top (I was fine until 18000 feet).
A "once in a lifetime experience" as only a fool would do this twice. Great views, deeply spirtual, physically very hard, emotionally much harder.
Do it - if you are prepared - attitudinally.
|Posted Jan 22, 2006 7:06 pm|
|mrsilly||Route Climbed: Lemosho and Machame Date Climbed: January 6, 2006|
|I was originally going on the Western Breach route, but because of the unfortunate rock slide at Arrow Glacier Camp we had to change routes and use Machame. The Western Breach is currently closed. I will never forget the winds and cold during the midnight hike. Luckily, I had packed a headlamp for camp usage as I was supposed to make the summit in daylight. This was my second attempt and first success. I will never do this again. Too exhausting! But it was a great experience and one I will never forget.|
|Posted Jan 18, 2006 5:52 pm|
|Jason Halladay||Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 11 September 2004|
|All seven of us from New Mexico, USA, reached the summit on Sept. 11, 2004 in time to watch the sunrise--it was fantastic! Three of us had the opportunity to explore the summit crater and ash pit as well. The only snow we encountered on the whole 6 day climb was in the summit crater!|
|Posted Jan 17, 2006 12:10 am|
|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|