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S: Kilimanjaro 2011

FC: There and Back Again To the Roof of Africa Kilimanjaro, 2011

1: There and Back Again. To the Roof of Africa Kilimanjaro, 2011

2: It all started with a vision, love at first sight to be precise. As the small two propeller plane touched down on the airstrip at Amboseli, in 2002, I had my first glimpse of the snows of Kilimanjaro. The world’s tallest freestanding mountain held my gaze. No matter how hard I tried to look away, my eyes were drawn back to the snowcapped peak, partially under cloud cover. I woke up early next morning and there she stood in full grandeur. Overnight, the clouds had moved away and the snows on top of the mountain were lit by the first rays of the rising sun. The entire mountain took on a pink glow. Once again, just like the day before, I just wanted to keep looking. | Nine years later, I was on my way back there again! | Amboseli, 2002

3: To climb Kilimanjaro was a dream. It remained that way for a number of years. An occasional comment would bring out the dormant wish, which would then become dormant again after a couple of days. A dream remains a dream until the desire to make it come true is strong enough for one to make it happen. | I signed up for personal training sessions with Anne, a personal trainer at the gym. We set a goal to accomplish and a priority list. The focus was going to be on strengthening the lower body and on providing stability to my week knee. We started work on a program of weights, climbs, stairmaster, treadmill, walking lunges, free weights, more walking lunges and finally freestyle climbs with a weighted vest.It wasn’t just physical training. I was also mentally preparing to be uncomfortable and not give up. Three months after all the training, the day finally arrived.

5: The coffee plantation at Moivaro, is set at the foot of the second-highest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Meru. The lodge, is a part of the Moivaro lodges and tented camps family.

6: Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park is a small game reserve located at the base of Mt. Meru. Its claim to fame lies in that the movie Hatari starring John Wayne was filmed here.

13: Kilimanjaro by the Marangu Route.

14: Marangu Gate, alt. 6000, ft.

15: The team of guides, porters, cook and servers.

16: Through the rain forest from Marangu to Mandara

17: Mandara huts at 9,000 feet.

19: Mandara Sunrise

21: Mawenzi from the route to Maundi Crater.

22: Kibo and Mawenzi from the Maundi crater.

23: Moorlands to Horombo from Mandara

24: Trees bent in the wind

25: Moorlands and Kifunika Hill ( Hill of Sacrifice)

26: Descent to Horombo | Giant Sinecios at Kambi ya Tabu | Ruth finds a chameleon on the way.

27: Horombo Huts , Altitude 12,340 feet.

28: Horombo Huts

29: Night sky at Horombo

31: Horombo sunrise.

32: Hiking up the Upper Mawenzi trail past the last water point at 13,000 feet to the Zebra rocks.

33: Mawenzi peak from Mawenzi Viewpoint at 14,500 feet.

35: At the crossroads of the Upper and Lower Mawenzi trails

37: Horombo from the Lower Mawenzi Trail

39: Giant Sinecios on the Lower Mawenzi Trail.

41: A rest stop on the way with picnic tables and toilets on a popular route. From here one gets a great view of Mawenzi peak and the last sliver of ice that remains.

42: At 13,500 feet on Mawenzi ridge a transition occurs from moorland to Alpine desert. Vegetation is sparse and the landscape is dry, dusty ad rocky. Between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi and three peaks known as the triplets lies the Alpine Desert called the Saddle.

43: The Saddle from Mawenzi Ridge at 13,500 feet.

45: The cold and barren Saddle

47: The Saddle from the Kibo Side

48: Approaching Kibo hut with porters

49: Mawenzi from Kibo Hut

50: After climbing through the night, one gets to the first summit point of Gilman's point at 18,685 feet. This is a prime spot for watching the sunrise.

51: Gilman's point is the first summit point on the crater rim. This is a veritable summit and many climbers choose to stop here and not go any further.

52: Uhuru (means freedom) point, the true summit of Mt.Kilimanjaro is yet another 2 1/2 hours hike away. Though not as steep as the previous night's climb, it is slow going since one has to stop for breath every 3-4 steps.

53: Mawenzi from Gilman's point.

55: View from past Stella point at 19,000 feet with Rebmann's Glacier.

57: Mawenzi and the Saddle from Stella Point at 19,000 feet.

58: Taking a break with Rebmann's Glacier in the background. This point is just past Stella Point located at 19,000 feet.

60: The ice covered Inner Core and the Crater of Mt.Kilimanjaro as seen from the crater rim .

61: The Northern Icefields with the Furtwangler Glacier. | Decken Glacier, Southern Icefields.

62: On the Roof of Africa at Uhuru peak. A lifelong dream come true.

63: My first and Peter's 761st Summit.

64: Bronze Sunbird on a cabbage lobelia plant. | Kinfonia Thomsoni tree with Kifunika Hill (Hill of sacrifice in the background)

65: The way back down on the moorlands from Horombo to Mandara

67: Celebrating a successful climb

68: Peter Mato- Head Guide | John Jakobo Assistant Guide | Kenedy Joseph Summit Crew | Nicolaus Gabriel (Simba) - Head waiter | Aloyce Baltauzari Waiter | Saimon Joseph Waiter | Patrisi Minja Porter | Ediga Emmanuel Dishwasher | Jakson Kasinoi Cook

69: Left to Right: Adinani Idi, Jakson Mayaya, Jastini Zakaria, Deo Gideon. Baltazari Daniel, Vincent Kuringe, Simon Urio, Agusti Kristopher.

70: Back at the Moivaro Lodge. Celebrating with a bottle of Kilimanjaro Beer

71: Arusha

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