Western Breach Additions and Corrections

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rnirschel - Jan 22, 2006 7:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

I was to trek the Western Breach - beginning January 4th and woke in Moshi to the tragic news of the death of the 3 trekkers.

Tusker modified our route which took us thru the Lemosho gate up to the Lava Tower, Shira 1 and 2, Karanga Valley, Barranco Wall, Barafu, sleeping in the crater (quite an experience) and summitting Uhuru (I made it!) at 6 AM with two nights coming down.

It was dramatic, tough, scenic, tough and something I would recommend. I will post a longer report but, regrettably, Western Breach has reopened (PLEASE check out the firms you travel with - Zara - which has lost climbers and porters has a HORRIBLE reputation in Tanzania but still gets hyped in the US and in publications) and now the only difference is you need to sign a waiver. Western Breach is geologically unstable and the route on went on - see above - has all the drama, trauma and difficulty anyone could want.

tronning - Aug 7, 2006 9:31 pm - Hasn't voted

Western Breach

We are leaving on Sept 2nd to do this route. Considering it is closed indefinitely Good Earth has an alternate route around the closed area from Shira II we will go to Baranco Camp then to Barafu thru the Karanga Valley. Hope this helps. Any additional hints and help would be appreciated as this is a first for us.


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