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Day 1 - Kilimanjaro - July 21st 2014

The big big day. I had packed up the previous evening, to ensure my day pack and the duffel bag were ready on time. Well, technically, I had packed my bags a couple of hundred times before already, in my head… 1,652 more words

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No. 8 The Roof of Africa

Trying to fall asleep at 8:00 p.m. anywhere is difficult, but in subzero temperatures at 15,000 feet, knowing we had at most three hours of rest ahead of us before waking and climbing for seven hours, it was a preposterous notion. 3,189 more words

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No. 7 Barranco to Barafu

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves  – Sir Edmund Hillary

When hastily planning my trip to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, it was my general understanding that the hike would entail about five days of walking at increasingly high altitudes, but that the true and only real test would be Summit Night, the final 4,400 foot ascent to Uhuru Peak. 3,834 more words

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Day 0 - At the Lodge, Briefing et Al

Just when you think that you and the mosquitos have established a decent equation in this lifetime  “I don’t mess with you, you don’t mess with me… 634 more words

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No. 5 Ngaje Ngai, "The House of God"

In the morning it was dark and cold. We were wakened at 6:00 am by a porter who shook our tent and told us to get up.  3,146 more words

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No. 4 Impatiens Kilimanjari

July 16, we woke very early and easily. It felt like Christmas morning and we were filled with anticipation. A lot had to be done before departing for Mt. 2,990 more words

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