Month: April 2012

Kilimanjaro Summit January 1 2010 – Photo Gallery Rerun

In December of 2009 I flew through Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, and was shuttled to the hotel in Moshi for Zara Tours. The next day our small group boarded a bus with our gear and headed to the Machame Gate. Over the next 5 days we ascended through daily rain to the Barafu Camp and that night, New Years Eve, we took off for the summit shortly after midnight, accompanied by the singing and pan-beating of the celebrating porters.

After a fairly steep climb in rocks and snow we hit the relatively gentle final grade to the summit just after sunrise. We took a few pictures then headed back down to camp for lunch and a nap. I was a little under-dressed, wearing old ski and hiking clothes to donate to the porters, and had to borrow some softshell pants, as mine were soaked from the rainy day hikes. I had to wiggle my toes a lot in my three-season hiking boots, but I think it only got down to maybe 10 degrees F that night at the coldest – about 3 AM.

Kilimanjaro is the highest point of Africa, and is also the highest volcano in Africa, so is a member of both the Seven Summits and the Volcanic Seven Summits. I’d love to do it again, and have contemplated putting together various groups of friends or relatives, or even charity contributors. Oh, well. Enjoy these selected pics from my “rerun” gallery.

KPICASA_GALLERY(KiliRecap)

If you want to read a summary I wrote after the fact here’s a link to the “expose”

Japanese woman, 73 attempts Everest record

“She is an active mountaineer who is physically and mentally fit enough to climb Everest,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, of the Kathmandu-based Asian Trekking mountaineering agency. “She will launch her ascent from the Tibetan side of the mountain.” – AFP News

Tamae Watanabe had already made history upon reaching the world’s highest peak May 16 of 2002, and now, at 73, will be attempting to smash her own record. Her plan is to summit around May 10-12. Good luck Ms. Watanabe!

Source: google.com via Charles on Pinterest

Oklahoma City Couple Detained at Carstensz Indonesia Peak

If you’re at all interested in the Seven Summits Quest, you’ve undoubtedly done some homework, and kind of figured that the keystone of the Messner List, Carstensz Pyramid, highest point of the hypothetical continent of Oceania, would be the riskiest, most dangerous of the lot.


Among the obvious and known dangers are cannibal tribesman, porters who are barely any different, the frequent violent insurrections at the mine, random terrorist attacks on Australians, irregular and often impossible transportation issues, local retribution against foreign guides and their clients, having to actually jug a couple thousand feet on ancient unmaintained fixed lines including the elusive and rare Tyrolean Traverse, and a very wet miserable muddy two weeks slogging through a primitive rain forest.

It’s amazing to me anyway that anyone anywhere in this modern information age would not know that. Seriously. Alas …

Yet with so much strife in the area, the Dillards say they knew nothing of the danger that awaited them. – News OK (Oklahoman)

Oklahoma City businessman Mike Dillard and his wife were subjected to just about all of the above in their Carstensz adventure. They had previously summitted Kili and Aconcagua, and to be fair, neither has anything near these types of dangers or risks, though if you do Kili during a weeklong drizzle like I did, the trail and camping can be pretty miserable.

Anyway, just read the article and see if anything stands out to give you some ideas about your own potential trip on Carstensz.

Alaska Photo Gallery Recap – May 2011

Was going through my old picasa galleries and came across this from May 2011. Climbed with Mountaintrip attempting the Northwest Buttress Route. This is not the West Buttress – this one goes up from the Peters Glacier – you access it by going over Kahiltna Pass on the West Buttress Route, then drop down to Peters and cross over to the route from there.

I was doing good until the Kahiltna Pass Camp, where I got really sick and after a couple days was able to self-evacuate with the assistance of one of the guides and two passing climbers he was friends with. Going up Heartbreak Hill while sick was pretty tough. Later my family physician diagnosed an inflamed gall bladder and recommended some dietary changes that might impact future trips with guided services.

As an aside, my group did make the North Summit (lower) but did not make the South Summit (highest and normal climb).

Anyway, enjoy these great pics and let me know if you have any favorites.

KPICASA_GALLERY(AlaskaMay2011)

Olympic Medal Heads to Everest Summit

Kenton Cool, who has climbed Everest a record (for a British mountaineer) 9 times will be carrying a special package to the top of Everest this season.

he will have honoured a pledge by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Lisle Strutt, deputy leader of the pioneering 1922 expedition, made to Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who awarded the climbers medals at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix. Strutt promised to return to Everest and take a medal to the summit, something he never managed. — The Guardian


Kenton fell in 1996, shattering his heels and ankles, resulting in a year away from climbing, and still has metal in his legs that causes him to run with an awkward gait. In spite of that, he’ll be running a leg of the 2012 London Olympics Torch Relay on July 23. Having been a guide and taking clients to the top of Everest in the past, this year Kenton will be climbing with only the medal and a cameraman.

The Olympics are an excellent time to review our past and our future and look for the links between and connecting them. I hope this works out for the best and achieves all the goals surrounding it. I love the Olympic Park in Park City Utah where some of the events of the 2002 Winter Olympics were held, such as the various ski jumping and bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions. I would love to visit the upcoming venues in London someday. Good luck Kenton.

2002 Winter Olympic Park
2002 Winter Olympic Park in Park City Utah