- Wherever you are in life, it’s always a good idea to plan a new adventure. (But get yourself some good boots and take a few extra packs of wet wipes.)
- Everyone needs a mountain to scale
Distance: 12-13 km, 6-7 hours to Mweka Camp and 10 km, 3 hours to Machame Gate
Elevation: 1600 m descent from Barafu to Mweka Camp at 3000 m and 1200 m descent from Mweka Camp to Machame Gate at 1800 m.
Descending Kili: One minute you’re next to a glacier, and the next you’re in the rainforest.
Technically, this diary entry begins on the morning of Day six. I had left off with having come ...
Barafu to Uhuru Peak, very early Friday Sep 7, 2012
Distance: 5-6 km, 7.5 hours
Elevation: 1300 m climb from 4600 m to 5895 m
Sunrise over Stella Point, Mount Kilimanjaro, early morning Sep 7, 2012
I’m lying in my tent, awake, and glancing at my watch occasionally. I wish time would speed up. It’s summit night – we are actually technically still on Day 5, at least ...
Karanga to Barafu, Thursday Sep 6, 2012
Distance: 4 km, 3-4 hours
Elevation: 400 m net climb from 4200 m to 4600 m
One of my favorite Kilimanjaro pictures, the view of Kibo from Karanga Valley camp
Going from Karanga to Barafu is a relatively easy hike. As I’ve said before, if you do the Machame Route in six days instead of seven, you’d go all the way from Barranco ...
Barranco to Karanga, Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012
Distance: 5 km, 4-5 hours
Elevation: 250 m net climb from 3950 m to 4200 m
Everybody seems well-rested this gorgeous morning, including myself. I feel like I’m reborn, even though sleep has been ...
Shira Plateau to Barranco via Lava Tower, Tue Sept 4, 2012
Distance: 10 km, 7-8 hours
Elevation: 760 m climb to Lava Tower at 4600 m, then down again to 3950 m
Enroute again on Day Three going up to Lava Tower
Today we make sure to pack all our warm stuff in our day packs, because it is bound to get cold at Lava Tower, one of the highest points ...
Machame Hut to Shira Plateau, Monday Sep 3, 2012
Distance: 10 km, 5-7 hours
Elevation: 840 m climb from 3000 m to 3840 m
The area around Shira Plateau is arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes on Kilimanjaro. Photo: Martin B.
Wake-up time is 7:15, with the sun still hiding behind the mountain, and we are greeted with bowls of hot water to start the day. What luxury! We wash and file into the mess tent, ...
Machame Gate to Machame Hut, Tanzania, Sunday Sep 2, 2012
Distance: 9-10 km, 5-7 hours
Elevation: 1200 m climb from 1800 m to 3000 m
Before you’ve even embarked on your flight to get to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll have heard ...
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is both the hardest and most magnificent thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Or at least it was the hardest and most magnificent thing since giving birth. And just like most new mothers will tell you that ...
My whole life for the next week in a nutshell. And in a whole lot of Ziploc bags. God bless the Ziploc bag
This is it.
All is packed, and Zax and I are getting on a plane (at some ungodly hour – did I tell you we opted for the budget flights?) tomorrow to take us closer (but not really any closer) to our goal. First to Nairobi, then to the foot of the big mountain. To some nondescript hotel, ...