Kilimanjaro (Africa Part 4)
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
46Trip End Dec 30, 2008
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Sid Sharfi, the FL-based accountant / philosopher (who happens to be my Dad), said: "You want to travel to weird countries & climb Kilimanjaro? What the hell is that? You need to quit this b.s. and get a job and act like an adult. What did I do to deserve this?"
I guess they're both right, but Ed wins for now. For real climbers like my good friend Andy Colyer, Kilimanjaro is child's play - for the average amongst us, it is a serious endeavor. (Highest point in Africa at 19,350 ft)
Luckily the mountain smiled upon us
A special thanks to several of you whose encouragement and support helped me get to the summit (Colyer, Harrison, Bobowski, Keith, Koehler). Needed all the help I could get!
Post Script: A month in Africa down, return trip stateside includes a free stopover in Amsterdam courtesy of KLM. March Madness awaits...
Climb Summary: This was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Not as difficult physically as running a marathon but very very very challenging - 7 long consecutive days of hiking, sleeping in a tent for 6 cold wet nites, and pushing to the summit - which (after 5 long day hikes) requires one to start at midnite and climb 4000 vertical feet at high altitude in the coldest conditions (single digits with windchill below zero for 5-8 hours) I've ever experienced. The last push is 20 hours of hiking in a 24 hour period when you're already tired and cold
This grind is well worth the amazing sense of achievement - which is only outdone by the tantalizing panoramic views from the top of neighboring maintains and hanging glaciers - just amazing.
Day 1 - 6.5 miles - 3500 ft elev gain (6400 to 9900 ft) - 4.75 hrs walking excl breaks.
Day 2 - 2600 feet (9900 to 12500) 5 hours.
Day 3 - 10k up 2500 to 15k and down to 12500 to sleep. Hike hi Sleep low. camp very cold - 8 hour hike..
Day 4 - Barrranco Wall total 3 hour hike short day - to sleep at 13500. Barranco Wall very fun climb on acclimatization day!
Day 5 - to Barafu Camp at 15.5k - take off point for Summit
Day 6 - leave at midnite for walk up to Uhuru Peak at 19350 feet.