Category: Photo Gallery

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.

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

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.

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