Jeff of Jennjeff1 Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro 22-29 JULY 2013

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Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:12 am

Specifics of Climbing Kilimanjaro for 5 September 2013 Navarre Press article:

For the 7-day/37-mile/13,961ft elevation change Machame Route (See http://machame.com/ for reference and maps), which is the most popular route for tourists, my climb with Big Expeditions and Safaris (http://www.bigexpeditions.net/) consisted of a very experienced lead guide named Jonas who has been climbing Kili since he was 15 and has made the summit over 300 times (about twice a month on average) along with 19 equipment porters, a cook, a waiter, and a trail guide. I was supposed to climb by myself, but at the last minute I was joined by two French-speaking music teachers from Quebec, Canada who were returning from a mission trip to Mozambique.

- The temperature at Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft) was 3F/-16C but there was no wind, unlike Mount Fuji (#35 at 3,776M/12,388ft) which was extremely windy with blowing volcanic ash
- The weather was constantly changing, from a very wet/rainy rain forest near the bottom to extremely dry/cold and dusty near the summit—we awoke to solid frozen water in bowls on day 5 near Karanga Camp at 4,000M and -5C/23F with frost on the ground and plants
- The terrain on Kilimanjaro changed hourly from wet/slippery mud/gravel in the rain forest, to dusty, to rocky (which required a few hours of “scrambling” where you have to use hand/footholds to climb up the rock faces with no nets/ropes) and dry riverbeds. Although there is a snowy blue glacier and melting ice near the summit, there is no snow or ice on the climbing path routes.
- The following equipment was extremely important to carry on your person daily: good/broken-in water-proof climbing/hiking shoes, gaiters to protect your pants, telescopic climbing poles that adjust to uphill and downhill climbing, a Camel-back water bottle with water purification tablets to source your own water from mountain streams, a camera, some food, raingear/poncho and a comfortable daypack (to hold everything you need that day). Everything above can be rented except for the good climbing/hiking shoes which tourists should wear on the airplane from America since they tend to get stolen if you put them in your luggage.
- My training in Navarre at sea level included walking 10 km daily (with my camera pack and water bottle) along HWY 98 or along the beach in the sand for resistance, then climbing the Caribbean Resort on Navarre Beach (http://www.caribbean-resort-florida.com/ -- thanks for the permission to use this as a training facility) stairwells up/down the 18 floors. In hindsight, I should have climbed the stairs more and I could have done some wall climbing for the “scrambling” parts. I only got blisters during the descending route, so I should have practiced more downhill hiking/stairs and made extra sure to trim those toenails all the way down…..
- Big Expeditions was the best tour company on the mountain: we had our own cook tent with chairs and a table (with colorful flowers!), our own “tourist toilet” tent, and the porters sang robust, encouraging songs as we arrived at each day’s camp and served cool drinks. Our professional Lead Guide was very experienced (Jonas had also climbed the second highest prominent peak in the world, Aconcagua, in the Andes mountain range, in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, at 6,960M/22,837FT) and helped us prepare for the next day’s altitude by climbing 100-300 meters higher than our camp daily for acclimatization, leading us in yoga exercises, followed by taking our oxygen level readings to ensure we maintained a minimum of 69-72 percent (I averaged 80-85 percent). The only time I felt ill/nausea was around 0200-0400 on the morning of our summit to Uhuru Peak because I did not eat enough the night before and Jonas gave me powdered glucose which made me feel better almost instantaneously. The food served by Big Expeditions was EXCELLENT at every meal!
- There was a large group of 16 American English-speaking climbers from a religious group called “Young Life” who all made it to the summit with a different tour company--the youngest was only 14 years old.
- The world record for climbing Kili to the summit and back down is 9 hours! The youngest climber was 9 and oldest was a 90-year old female who took 11 days to summit
- Overall impression: it was not easy, but VERY rewarding to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Big Expeditions was the best tour company to climb with—all the other English-speaking tourists were jealous of our group

TOP KILI CLIMB PHOTOS:
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Jeff at Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft), Fourth Highest Peak in the World, Highest Free-Standing Mountain in the World, and Highest point on the Continent of Africa
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Jeff with Big Expedition's Lead and Trail Guides at Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft), Fourth Highest Peak in the World, Highest Free-Standing Mountain in the World, and Highest point on the Continent of Africa
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Jeff at Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft), Fourth Highest Peak in the World, Highest Free-Standing Mountain in the World, and Highest point on the Continent of Africa
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Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:16 am

More photos of Kili Climb:
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Jeff at Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft), Fourth Highest Peak in the World, Highest Free-Standing Mountain in the World, and Highest point on the Continent of Africa
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Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:24 am

Even more Kili Climb Photos:
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Jeff at Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with Bolpaas Tawny Reserve Port Wine and Big Expedition Guides, Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (5,895M/19,341ft), Fourth Highest Peak in the World, Highest Free-Standing Mountain in the World, and Highest point on the Continent of Africa
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Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:01 pm

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Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:49 pm

More Kilimanjaro Pics!
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Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:04 pm

But wait--there's MORE! :)
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Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:06 pm

BOGO!
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Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:34 pm

2 FER!
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Okay...last 2!
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Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:15 am

NBLFORUMITE's ADVENTURES In AFRICA

Thanks for everyone's support! Please check out the thread above and the article below:

Jennjeff1 Retirement Trip to Africa - July 2013

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Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:27 pm

It was nice reading your post. I learn some information to update myself.Nice pictures also.
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