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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Kilimanjaro Climb and Summit Photos

Kilimanjaro Backpack


Kilimanjaro At About 4500 Metres


Believe it or not, I like this photo better than the one of me at the summit of Kilimanjaro (see below) so I'm placing it at the top of this post. It was taken by my tentmate and buddy Karel (see below) who I spent the week with along with 18 other people as we climbed Kilimanjaro. You can click the image to get the full size version if you like. It's 1024px wide, so suitable for your desktop background, lol.



Pretty much every day I hiked like this with just a sweat wicking shirt and not thermals on. I carried my coat this day as we were approaching the last camp and I didn't want to be caught off guard in case I needed it. It wasn't until the last day's hike (um.... night hike) that I needed more. In fact, I needed every piece of clothing that I had to keep warm. I hiked with no poles at all, so on that last night hike while everyone was freezing their fingers, I kept mind snuggly and warm inside my coat pockets. Albeit, I used a single chemical pouch handwarmer thingy, but my fingers were mostly warm.

kilimanjaro self portrait


Me and Karel Enjoying The Mens Club


Karel, myself and other men ended up sitting around a little area outside our meal tent this one evening. We named it the Mens Club and then I took this self portrait of myself and Karel. You can clearly see the cloud cover far down below us. It was amazing to be camping and hiking above the clouds for so many days in a row. Sureal actually.

Kilimanjaro Uhuru Summit


Kilimanjaro Uhuru Summit


After 8 hours of hiking, watching Orion rise in the distance, a beautiful sunrise from Kilimanjaro and freezing cold winds, I got to Stella point. After a short break, I headed on to Uhuru and reached it with Karel as the first of our group. About 10 minutes later a few others showed up and we took more photos. This is my kilimanjaro summit photo. It's also available in a larger format, just click the picture.

I vaguely remember what happened on the top of Kilimanjaro. The air was so thin and the oxygen so little, that I just plodded along on autopilot with my head down and breathing deeply. I remember some specifics of when I spoke with people regarding some critical decisions, but other than that, I just walked and breathed. My camera was broken about half way up the climb of Kilimanjaro (I stepped on it and destroyed the top half of my viewing screen), so I resorted to "best guess" photos. At the top, the batteries were barely responding even though I kept it inside multiple layers next to my body. Thank heavens for Karel and his camera. My summit photos were taken on his camera and he passed them along.

Related Kilimanjaro Climb Links


These are various posts I made before the climb and after the climb of Kilimanjaro.


Kilimanjaro Climb - the last post I made before leaving showing my packed Backpack and day pack.

Successful Kilimanjaro Summit - not suprisingly, the only post that month!



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7 Comments:

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

You rock!!! Love the pictures and can't wait to hear more about it!

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Former Fat Guy dot Com said...

thanks Rachel, I'll post more pictures from my Kilimanjaro climb as well as my entire Africa trip shortly.

 
At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Rachel said...

Cool :-) I'll be waiting... You should touch base with my Mom about her trip to Africa sometime. She and Trever sailed there, amongst other places along the way. :o

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mate im really jealous, what an inspiration, what a great experience. Congratulations

Troy
www.yourhealthjourney.com

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Henry Stedman said...

Great account Rob - I'm always being asked how fit you need to be to climb Kili and it's one question I always have trouble with - because, of course, it's altitude sickness rather than lack of fitness that causes most people to fail, and altitude sickness, as you know, has little or nothing to do with fitness. but I think, next time somebody asks, I'll send them to your website - for inspiration, if nothing else!

Good on ya!

Henry Stedman
(author, Kilimanjaro, the Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain; www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com)

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Henry Stedman said...

Great account Rob - I'm always being asked how fit you need to be to climb Kili and it's one question I always have trouble with - because, of course, it's altitude sickness rather than lack of fitness that causes most people to fail, and altitude sickness, as you know, has little or nothing to do with fitness. but I think, next time somebody asks, I'll send them to your website - for inspiration, if nothing else!

Good on ya!

Henry Stedman
(author, 'Kilimanjaro, the Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain'; www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com)

 
At 6:28 PM, Anonymous I Climb Kilimanjaro said...

Wow! Very impressive feat. I'm going to bookmark this blog as well for my clients for a great first-hand account of tackling Kilimanjaro.

 

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