Mt Kilimanjaro Climb

In February 2007, I travelled to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, again with the aim of raising as much money as I could for the two charities. The Kilimanjaro Challenge entailed following the Machame Trail over five days to the summit. Kilimanjaro (19,340ft / 5,895m) is Africa's highest mountain and the highest "free standing" mountain in the world. On a clear day, it can be seen from more than 160km away, and although only three degrees below the Equator, the peak is covered permanently with snow and ice, and huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit. The day we got to the top however, visibility was down to about 30 metres and the temperature was -15C.

Pictures from the challenge are shown below.

flying into Tanzania below the summit of Kilimanjaro

arrival at Kilimanjaro airport

shoe sale in down town Moshi

the boys from Moshi

typical back street in Moshi

loading up Bobby to head for the mountain

Banana plantation on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

the team at Machame Gate, ready to go

a few last minute handy hintsin the jungle …

… the ambulance!

Julius, our lead guide, and Dr Daniel

porter carries a few essentials …

I thought you said we are staying at the Marriot?

sun up at Shira camp

on the move, 14 climbers and over 40 porters & guides

lunar landscape at over 4000m

Barranco camp, the Barranco Wall & Kilimanjaro summit

Dave & Mark consider John’s offer for a cup of tea …

Alpine dessert (at approx 3500m)

Karanga camp (at 3930m)

tent at Barafu camp (at 4550m)

porter at Barafu camp

the en-suite at Barafu

at the top, Uhuru Peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m / 19,340ft)

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