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Resting and Acclimating before Summit Attempt

The word from our team on Mt Kilimanjaro is that everyone is fine, healthy, and enjoying a great climb. They have spent 4 days climbing up from the gate at 6,000ft. Where they started, they were in a thick jungle-like rainforest, with constant rain, drizzle and fog. On their first day of climbing, they broke through the cloud level and — since then — have been above all the clouds, enjoying sunshine and clear air. They are climbing the Rongai route, a lesser travelled and more beautiful (although more challenging) route, where they have seen many beautiful vistas, with only…

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Kili Summit

As this is being written, 8 out of 9 of our climbers are standing on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro — at 19,340ft — “Africa’s highest point and the world’s highest free-standing mountain” (quoted from a congratulatory sign at the summit). Lizzie made a wise decision at 17,000ft that altitude issues prevented her from climbing higher. But everyone did great on the long, hard slog and they are rewarded by a beautiful day with fantastic views across the top of the clouds to the neighbouring peaks. The wind has dropped and it’s almost warm enough to take off your gloves!…

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Just heard from the satellite phone from Cho Oyu, where it’s already Sunday. Our team of 3 guides and 6 climbers has started their climb. They are one day later than the plan they had posted earlier. The weather is a little colder and windier (20-25 mph) than their ideal, but the skies are clear and all 9 are feeling fit, healthy and ready for the big effort. If the mountain smiles on them, they will achieve the summit on Wednesday. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we will continue to update here with news as we get…

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Our team is on Mt. Kilimanjaro, now climbing above the clouds, enjoying fantastic views and gorgeous sunny, unusually warm weather.

They all had no problem flying in, and the transfers in Nairobi, Kenya went without a hitch. For those of you who have been following the news out of Kenya, the current violence following the election is tragic and worrying. Alpenglow Expeditions is monitoring the US State Department, Nairobi airport, and the US Embassy in Nairobi. The latest news we have is that a large rally is planned for tomorrow (Thursday, January 3rd), and that US citizens in Nairobi are…

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Ready to Summit Kilimanjaro

Our team just called in to say that they have reached today’s 15,700ft goal, and they are settled into camp to sleep there tonight. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a day to rest and complete acclimatization, then Sunday should be the summit attempt. All are reported fit and happy, and raring to go for the summit!

 

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Standing on the Summit of Kilimanjaro

All 9 members of our team successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro. The weather threw some heavy winds and cold temperatures at them, so they stayed only long enough to savour the moment of triumph, after all the effort each person put in to get there. The latest satelllite phone call has them back at the 15,700 ft camp. They now have 2 hard days of downhill trekking to get them back to the comfort of their hotel rooms in Arusha.

 

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On Safari

Those team members who were in Africa only to climb Mt Kilimanjaro achieved their goal. After standing on the summit, they have successfully climbed back down and have taken a bus ride back to their scheduled flights from Nairobi airport. The rest of the team woke up at 6am this Wednesday morning to a gorgeous sunrise in the Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania. Not only have they summited the highest mountain in the African continent, but for the next couple of days they will be out stalking big game. We expect that by the time they come home, they will…

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Kilimanjaro New Year’s Climb Begins!

Well, the team has all arrived in Arusha and we are ready to go. We are a group of 6 for this holiday climb, and are excited to once again be climbing the challenging and remote Umbwe to Western Breach Wall Route. This route has been closed for the last 3 years and recently reopened. We expect to see few or no other groups during our climb! The climb to the summit will take us 6 days, culminating (we hope) in a 12-14 hour summit day climbing the Breach Wall and then crossing the entire summit crater past Kili’s receding…

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Camp II, Barranco, on Kilimanjaro

The team made it to Barranco Camp at 13,100 ft to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tanzania. Sounds like everyone was a little tired, so not a huge night, but they rang in the New Year! They have had great weather and everyone is looking forward to summit day! Happy New Year!

 

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WHOLE Team Summits Kilimanjaro!

Just heard from Adrian that all seven climbers reached the summit of Kilimanjaro via the ‘Western Breach Wall’, the most technical ascent of the peak. They had the route to themselves and were all very happy. What a great way to start the New Year! Now they get to descend and head off on their safari!

 

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