The climbing of Kilimanjaro!
Trip Start Apr 13, 2005
40Trip End Feb 09, 2006
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The last climb night was a fukn killer!!! Gilmans point is a challenge and Uhuru Peak is another bout 40mins to an hour on topa that - well, more when you cant breathe and have no energy due to altitude sickness!! But got there in the end so thats the main thing i suppose!! :-)
Dont have time to write much at mo so will fill in the details at a later stage.. enjoy the picts that are up so far and all that jazz..!!
**Ok so update on the kili climb for yas..**
Started walkn the 1st day throu the rainforest - beautiful there.
Day 2.. Off to Horombo Huts. Walked it in about 4 hours i think it was.. One lad did it in 2 (he was fastest, think i was 2nd to get there) then the last person did it in about 8 or 8.5 hrs! To get there walked throu half desert conditions - well, we were clear of the rainforest and it was more arid land.. still grassy in parts but rocky as well and very hot coz no shelter from sun with rainforest trees!! All good thou..
Oh got some amount of food every day as well.
Horombo had amazing views and at night could see the stars so clearly! Next day was supposed to be my acclimitization day, but conditions for climbing kili were good and my guide sed it'd be better to just go straight to Kibo Huts (situated at base of the last climb) So said okay and off we went. Was first to get there (Lol, think that was coz the fast ozzie lad that had been 1st the day before was taking his altitude day instead of going straight!) Anway, was FREEZING up at kibo. Well, my hands went numb so had to sit for about 30 mins holding a cuppa coffee and sipping it (think id about 3 cups!) So anyway. Had dinner earlyish and then sleep - well, tried to, till 11.15.
Up then to do the climb and first few hrs was grand. Once i got to about 5600 feet thou i was wrecked. Hard to move coz lacka oxygen etc and the gradient is extremely steep!! Zig zags al the way up it really.
Eventually got to gilmans point for sunrise, then gud while later and much effort as well.. made it to uhuru peak! Class to be so close to a glacier and see them views.
Computer time is up here so gotta go but will get more picts of kili climb and the summit up soon!!