Monday, 6 March 2017

Climbing Kilimanjaro

As promised beginning posting some of son Peter's more exotic travels. Here we begin with Mount Kilimanjaro which is located in TANZANIA - a country in East Africa.
The mountain rises to 19,340 feet above sea level.
It is the tallest free standing mountain (not part of a mountain range) in the world.
Just a few of the 100 plus photos.


Here we see the initial party of 12 that began the journey.
Son Peter is at the back, 4th from right in the pale blue tea shirt. 




Some of the reasons to forbid the climb
Hikers must be physically fit.
If you have a sore throat, cold or breathing problems DO NOT go beyond 3,000 feet
Allow plenty of time to acclimatise by ascending slowly.
If you experience symptoms of mountain sickness please descend immediately, and more.  



Up and up with the African plaines behind them


First night of camping


Porters go ahead and set everything up, tents etc. and cook the meals



Higher and higher


and looking towards the mountain


A birthday surprise


A clear view of the mountain but still many days to walk


and a view of the peaks with the top of the mountain in view


Looking down on the world 


The mountain at sunrise


Peter


Took 6 days to climb the mountain so quite a few nights camping


Peter looking through the door of his tent towards one of the lower summits


Much harder walking now


Feeling on top of the world


Someone didn't make it!



Just keep going


This was the stopping point for some of the group


The fitter ones continued


Just a step at a time now



The seven that made it


Peter being one of them


With the porters and team that made the journey possible
Interestingly a few of the group have stayed in touch (this was 5 years ago) and they meet for climbing or walking weekends a few times a year.




7 comments:

Denise inVA said...

What an amazing opportunity. Thank you for sharing these great photos.

ellen b said...

That's amazing. Glad he was one who made it.

Vee said...

Remarkable journey with wonderful rewards...

I am sorry that my comment did not go through on your last post. I did wonder if it had and checking now I see that I was correct to wonder. I was thinking how bizarre that would be and then remembered the night the SWAT team arrived in my neighborhood. Crazy things can happen anywhere.

La Contessa said...

WOW........YOU MUST BE SO PROUD!

Needled Mom said...

Wow.....I am exhausted just reading about it, but bet it was an amazing experience.

nikkipolani said...

Very impressive! I'm huffing and puffing just thinking about that hike. Congrats to your son Peter :-)

Charm and Grace said...

I loved "watching" this climb! How beautiful God's creation iis in all parts of this amazing world. And though I cannot travel to all the places I would like to go, it is amazing to get to "virtually" travel there through the images shared on the web. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing some of that beauty here. Blessings on you and Alan and your son!!