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Kilimanjaro, 2003

Bob on Top!

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Afternoon, Day 2

Lazaro and Solomon in a small cave

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Morning, Day 3

Moorland

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Morning, Day 4

Lava Tower
(morning day 4)

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Lava Tower from on top!

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Long way to go

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Shira in the mist

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Day 5

Lava Tower from above

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A bit of rock climbing

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Western Breach

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Sunset from the crater

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Crater

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Day 6

The glaciers of kilimanjaro

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Bob in Kili glacier

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One of the glaciers in the crater; Mt Meru in the background

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Global warming

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People

Solomon

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The Team

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Flora

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Giant lobelia (Lobelia deckenii)

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Giant lobelia in bloom

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Fauna

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White necked raven

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Waiting for a meal

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Dates:

July 9-15, 2003
Summit
July 14, 2003

My guides:

+ Solomon Leseriani - very highly recommended, with very reasonable fees
MOBILE:255-744-478 499
Other info
+ Lazaro Aloyce - also very highly recommended;
seemed to be very highly regarded by the porters from the other teams who would chant his name

My Porters:

Maglan Manase
Omari Bwata
Deuglas Gilet

My Route (Very highly recommended):

Western Breach

Campsites:

+ Machame @ 2980M (night 1)
+ Shira Camp @ 3760M (night 2)
+ Lava Tower @ 4630M (night 3)
+ Arrow Glacier @4800M (night 4)
+ Crater @5700M (night 5)
+ Mweka camp 3100M (night 6)

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Trip Highlights:

+ the rainforest
+ the moorland
+ climbing the lava tower
+ sunrise over kili from the top of the lava tower
+ ascending arrow glacier - very scary
+ rock climbing up Western Breach
+ simultaneous sunset and full moon rise over the crater - July 13, 2003
+ staying in the crater
+ visiting the ash pit

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Kili info:

located entirely within Tanzania,
approximately 3 degrees South of the equator
composed of three volcanos:
Shira
Kibo
Mawenzi
Highest point: Uhuru Peak - located on Kibo - 19,340 feet (5,895 meters)
Some routes:
Marangu
Machame
Western Breach
Shira
Lemosho
Mweka (descent)

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Some references:

Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya: A Climbing & Trekking Guide - Cameron Burns, The Mountaineers, 1998
Trekking in East Africa - Lonely Planet
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro second edition - Carmichael and Stoddard
Kilimanjaro: Africa's Beacon - Land, People, History (Africa Publishing Group and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA))
Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa - Audrey Salkfeld - based on the David Breashears IMAX film

Some useful links:

Peakware

Maps:

Kilimanjaro 1:50,000 Map and Guide
New Map of the Kilimanjaro National Park (designed by Giovanni Tombazzi, published by Hoopoe Adventure Tours and Nature Discovery Ltd)

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Some advice:
*Do not try to economize on the number of days climbing.
*Do not try to economize on the number of porters.
Going directly through a guide is a bit more difficult but will allow you to save thousands of dollars and will allow you to completely individualize your trip.
They can even accomodate a single person, as in my case.

Other recommended guides:

Kennedy Moshi
Tunzo
UHURU EXPEDITIONS [T]. LTD. "GUIDE TEAM"
P.O.BOX. 8814
MOSHI-KILIMANJARO.
FAX:255-27-2753638
MOBILE:255-744-612471
http://home.austin.rr.com/ironjungle/uhuru/uhuru.html

(As far as I can tell, every single person in the city of Arusha has a relative or friend who is a kili guide. Make sure you have a bona fide recommendation.)

There also seem to be a fairly unlimited number of travel companies offering climbs.
Many of these are very reputable companies, although I have no direct basis for recommending any of them.
In general they use local guides and porters.

Here is a sample:

Zara Travel
Hoopoe Adventure Tours Tanzania Ltd
Wilderness Travel
Do NOT use Good Earth Tours and Safaris!

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Tanzania 2003 pix

Students for International Change (SIC)

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Modified: August 23, 2012
Created: March 27, 2003
Contact: siegelr@stanford.edu