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


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.