Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 1

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

The rainforest

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)

Nice view

My home for 6 days and 5 nights.  It really did end up feeling like my home by the end of the trip.


  1. very cool! Welcome back! Can't wait for more pics and some stories!

  2. You slept in a tent. ! The forest is so lush.

  3. longest 6 days of my life! :P Yay you're back :)

  4. Glad you made it there and back safely! Keep the pics coming!