Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#3773)

I am a 77 year old female,who trekked with 10 wonderful men and the guidance of Peter Mato, REI's experienced leader. I summited to Uhuru Peak, Labor Day with a full moon, making head lights hardly necessary. Leaving Kibo Huts shortly after midnight,the weather was perfect. I was glad I did not see all the terrain going up, and it was difficult near Gilman's, but attaining that, I knew I could reach the summit. It was Poley, Poley all the way up and I reached the summit just behind the fellows, with no headaches or nausea, just joy. Eight hours up, at the top about 45 minutes, and down in less then an hour and a half. Try skiing down through the scree, with your sticks. It's fun. How did a 77 year old woman do this? I've been a long distance runner for 22 years, who lives in the Sacramento Valley, but I've climbed Mt. Whitney several times, did 4 months of weekend hiking and running at Tahoe,and lastly, Pikes Peak. I was never sick or over tired. Upon return to Marangu Gate, I learned that I was the oldest woman in the world to summit to Uhuru. That I am proud of, but I owe it to Peter Mato, REI, and those wonderful encouraging men, who believed I could do it. I found I was perfectly trained with my hard work, and it really did not occur to me I could not do it. I would be glad to answer any questions. it was a wonderful six days on the mountain.

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