I am now sending you greetings from a lovely beach in Zanzibar where I am enjoying the waves and the sun in-between climbs.
I just came back from a successful climb to Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro with Madison Mountaineering where we had a 100% summit success.
First day we hiked through the rain forest, listened to the jungle sounds and saw monkeys jumping from tree to tree. We had a fantastic surprise lunch in the middle of nowhere, organized by our outstanding local crew.
Second day we hiked up from the rain forest and had the beautiful view to Kilimanjaro and Mt Mero, - now moving above the clouds.
The third day we hiked up to and climbed Lawa Tower in a landscape which could be on the moon.
The fourth day we started out climbing the Baranco Wall where we scrambled our way to the top and continued to the Karanga camp.
The fifth day we have a nice climb up to our high camp at Kosovo camp where we enjoy an early dinner before crawling into our sleeping bags to get a bit of sleep.
The sixth day is a long but very exciting day. We started out midnight and climbed in the light of our headlights. We reached stella point at the first ray of light and continue to the top where we enjoy the sun rise and the fantastic view. We pause for a while at the top to enjoy the magic of our local guides silent song and celebrate the moment.
Then we decent to highcamp, enjoying breakfast, packing and relaxing a bit before we continue to our last camp down in the rainforest. Here we enjoy a lot of O2 and our last night brushing our teeth under a billion of stars.
Our last day is a nice walk through the rainforest down to Mweka entrance where our local staff and crew greets us with singing and dancing. We celebrate with Kilimanjaro beer and an outstanding lunch buffet.
Thanks to Thompson family and madison Mountaineering for a great trip!
Please see www.madisonmountaineering.com for more information and upcoming trips. And please come with us for the next Kilimanjaro climb!