I'll let the journal I kept while going up Kilimanjaro and the photos do the talking for the next series of blog posts.
Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 1
So my day started around 6am after a horrible and restless sleep the night before. I was anxious and nervous for the day's climb.
Shannon (she did a day trek - 3 to 4 hours up and down) and I got packed up around 7:45am for an hour and a bit drive to Kilimanjaro from Arusha.
After registration and both my debit and VISA card not working - eventually the VISA did - to pay for my park fees (630USD) we started climbing for about 4 hours starting at 11am. With lunch breaks and everything we got settled into camp at 4pm.
The first leg was through a rainforest, literally a rainforest with waterfall and dense foliage. And lo and behold it rained. And rained some more and rained even harder. By time we got above the clouds - the camp is at about 3500m high, we were past the rain, but everything is wet and damp.
I have a bit of a headache, but I can tolerate it. Just hope it doesn't get worse.
I'm climbing with Felix and Sasha (two cool folks from Australia) and a crew of 10 who have got to be the strongest people in the world carrying all the stuff. Impressive.
Everything I needed for my Kill-A-Man-Jaro adventure
We took the Machame route up
Still fresh and clean at this point
That's a waterfall in the background
Left to right: Felix, Me, and Alex (one of our guides)
My home for 6 days and 5 nights. It really did end up feeling like my home by the end of the trip.