Nice hike in "pole pole" motion with Vendulka. I thought it would be much harder. Cold on the summit though. Glad we could make the trip before the glaciers totally melt...
Had really bad weather for the first 3 days. All gear was soaked and we doubted we would make it. But we got an hour of sunshine on the fourth day which was enough to dry our stuff out and boost morale. Unbelievable views from the summit! Sidenote: don't use Sunny Safaris, their gear is crap and our handler was downright dishonest.
Climbed with my good friend, Rich. Great climb.
Did the climb in 4 days, but reached the summit in a total whiteout so missed all the views from the top.
Climbed with Roy Safaris. Only person in my group to summit, most likely as I had acclimitised on Mt Kenya.
Climbed from Kibo hut following a long snake of headlamps to the top- pole pole style. Made it to summit in nice weather, although I wasn't in too great a condition to enjoy it. Climbed with Africa Walking Company, all 8 of us made it to Uhuru! Thanks to Obote, Wilfred, Hans, and Henry our guides.
A truly gigantic mountain. Can't believe how many people were there. No problems getting to the top. Trip report coming soon.
My wife and I had a successfull trip with Good Earth Tours. We had great weather and a great time. It was a-lot harder than we anticipated and I am so proud of my wife for sticking it out.
Very nice dirt trail all the way to the top. Just make sure not to get altitude sick. Slow and steady is the key.
Summitted before sunrise, and missed most of the sunrise as the fog came in. Long summit day, all the way down to Mandara.
Hiked the Machame Route with Zara. GREAT trip despite getting too sick to make it out of the tent on the summit day. Nasty case of AMS...just nasty. I was dizzy, ...my vision blurred as if I was seeing everything through a frosted piece of glass. Naturally, I felt fine after decending 1,500'. I would recommend Zara to anyone.
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.
Joint expedition with SP member Danny Gee. In fact, we attempted to climb a technical route via the Heim glacier, but had to retreat due to the horrible conditions - very bad quality ice, rock fall, ice fall, melting water dropping down from the galcier above, snow showers, ... Summited via the Barafu route two days later. Very strong wind, a couple of times it was difficult to maintain balance on the trail. Damned cold (windchill!). Lots of snow at the summit, all the crater area was covered with snow.
huge mountain, my longest climb and and tallest mountain
Hiked the Machame blindfolded, drunk, and on rollerskates. What a climb.
Hiked up the Machame Route. Trek to the summit was great. We wanted to reach the summit during sunrise but actually got there too early and had to watch it on our descent. My partner and I decided to go back to Moshi that same day - that ended up being very painful!
quite a lot of (hard) snow
We climbed with Kiliwarriors and were very pleased - I would highly recommend them. Had a great trek and a great day at the summit!
Nice treking until Kibo hut. There were to many people but after Kibo only 8 continue to Uhuru peak. Started at midnight on the summit in 06;45 me and four other friends. The feeling was just perfect. So far it is my attutude record.
Thanks Kili for give me this chance.
The Umbwe route is not nearly as hard and steep as advertised. I recommend it, especially if you want to avoid crowds the first couple days. We decided to summit directly from Karranga Valley camp during the daytime. With a daytime summit, you sacrifice the sunrise at the summit, but get warmer temps and much, much less wind, and you get the summit all to yourselves. On day 5, we went from Karranga (7 a.m.) to Barafu (9 a.m.); rested until about 11 a.m. before starting up toward Uhuru Peak (got there at 4:45 p.m.); we finally came back to Barafu camp (7 p.m.) to sleep. I have a complete trip report up here: http://capital2.capital.edu/faculty/rlawson/Kilimanjaro.pdf