Tag Archives: Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Portrait of a Porter

Kilimanjaro This is a portrait showing one of the many amazing porters and guides who helped me to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.  The photo is taken from my tent, I’m still wrapped in my sleeping bag with virtually all my clothes on.  It’s cold and daylight has only just started to show itself. We are above the clouds at high altitude and have two more days to go until we start our summit to the top of Kilimanjaro, often described as the Roof Africa. Every day, come rain, come shine, the porters and guides are happy and cheerful.  They help us with everything we can think of and anticipate our every need.  This isn’t a luxury holiday by any means, but they go out of their way to make it as comfortable as they can within the limits of what they have available.   They get up before us to fetch drinking water and start their day early and …

Kilimanjaro | Moshi

This is one of those posts, that was in draft and should have been published a long time ago, but it’s too precious not to post now.  A recap of my time in Moshi before starting Mount Kilimanjaro trek. Day T – 3 Dubai – Kilimanjaro via Nairobi Arriving at Dubai airport’s T2 at midnight, I was pleased that I had paid for access to one of the business lounges where I was able to wait for my 2.30 am departure in the relative comfort of the lounge whilst sipping a glass of champagne which is always my traditional start to any holiday.  The flight to Nairobi was a short 5 hours and relatively uneventful and I managed to grab some sleep.  I was pleased to find that Nairobi airport whilst busy and crowded, also had free Wifi and a great little coffee shop selling superb coffee when I arrived.  With less than an hour and a half wait I …

The mountain that inspired me – Kilimanjaro

Sometimes, you can’t explain to people why you had “the dream“, why you felt compelled to do something, why you trained relentlessly and why you pushed yourself both physically and mentally to achieve that dream, why you committed a large amount of your not so ‘spare cash’ and a good chunk of time to doing something that excited you, that challenged you, that exhausted you, that made you cry, laugh, despair and most importantly of all to think  – and, when you completed it, that motivated, compelled and inspired you to make big changes to your life. Kilimanjaro was “the dream” for me and as a result of doing the climb I made significant changes to my personal life after I returned home from my trip.  The changes were difficult and painful, but for the best for all concerned, and although they mean that financially my life has changed significantly, my new downsized/impoverished life is so much richer in the …

Kilimanjaro | Kit List & Hints & Tips

Kilimanjaro Whilst not a technical climb in terms of climbing capability and equipment, Mount Kilimanjaro is still a trip which requires a certain level of clothes and gear (Kilimanjaro kit list) which are suitable for the high altitude of the trip and presents would be trekkers with a number of challenges. 4 Climates in 1 Climb The mountain itself has 4 very distinct climates : Rainforest Heather & Moorland Alpine Desert Artic Wastes So it’s essential to pack for these climates (whilst I was there the temperature varied from 30C to freezing) – layering is the answer here, not a problem until you realise that you are also limited to a 15kg weight limit (this is the limit the porters are allowed to carry for you).  Within this 15kgs you need to have a really decent 4 season sleeping bag, all of your personal equipment and clothing and plenty of additional snacks to fuel your journey.  In addition to the …

Kilimanjaro | Attitude not Altitude

3 Brits, 3 Brazilians, 1 Canadian, & 5 Americans and one Tanzanian meet in a beer garden ……….. Nope – it’s not the start of a joke – it’s the briefing session for an epic 8 day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro along the Lemosho route.  The briefing session took place in the pub like garden on the Springlands Hotel in Moshi which was the base hotel for our trip.  We had arrived at different times, some of us as complete strangers, others as small family groups, but we were all to be bonded together over the next eight days as we worked our way towards the roof of Africa, to the top of the 3rd highest mountain in the world, the highest in Africa and towards realising a dream – to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This motley crew, or team Di Moja as we got to call ourselves that evening (One Team, One World) in Swahili- assembled in …

Mt Kilimanjaro – Dream, Research & Preparation

I have a dream : I can’t remember how it started, but climbing Mount Kilimanjaro has always been on my ‘adventure list’ of things to do – ever since I was a child. In Secondary School I did a lot of outdoor activities and trekking and started to get an appetite for adventure activities, but as I moved through into working full time I lost my passion for the outdoors and instead devoted myself to work and a career, gained weight, got fat and ‘the rest is history’ as they say (you can read about my weight and weight loss HERE in previous posts). On Going Public : This year, having lost a ton of weight (well not quite a ton !) and got fitter I decided to take action and as part of my January New Year’s Resolutions I committed in writing that I was going to climb Kilimanjaro.  Having put it in writing and made it public both …

Kilimanjaro | Summit to the Roof of Africa

Well – the title says it all – on 31st August I and the rest of the Di Moja team (the name we gave our little group of 12) reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.  Woop, Woop !! I’ll write a fuller post about the trip soon (am currently relaxing in Zanzibar) but here are a few bits of information about our climb : We started the summit walk at 12 midnight on 30th Aug We reached the summit at 7.35 am after a 7k near vertical climb The summit is done at night so you can take advantage of the frozen scree – its much harder to do when it’s not frozen At the top of the climb our guides had thoughtfully carried a jug of hot lemon tea which tasted amazing 🙂 All of our group reached the summit – some had altitude sickness and others did not I didn’t get altitude sickness per se (I had been …