Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#3774)
- Signed By: Christian Gschwandtner
- Date submitted: March 07, 2004
We (2 couples) climbed Kibo by Machame Route / Arrow Glacier, Western Breach. All of us made it to Uhuru Peak. It was an unforgettable experience. 4 days walking via Shira and Lava Tower (nice scenery, no difficulties at all, a little bit boring). Then, day five, S-Day, Summit day. Start at 1.30. Full moon. Clear, cold night with temperatures down to -18C! Some steep and strenuous parts. Rock climbing experience not unnecessary. After 6 hours climbing an overwhelming sunrise at the edge of the crater. Another 90 minutes to the summit (not very difficult). Then, happiness, shaking hands, kisses, proudness. The reward for 6 weeks of training, special diet and mental preparation. Then another 6 to 7 hours of walking (power-nap included).
Conclusion: A great experience with a night you won't foget for a while. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get addicted mountaineering in high altitudes!
We took Diamox, but I don't think they are very important for success (to stand high altitudes is more a matter of your daily constitution and your general predisposition). What may be more important is the following: - Warm clothes - Drinking plenty of water (4 to 6 litres per day minimum) - Trying to walk steady - Friends you can have fun with - A guide whom you can trust, who can motivate and who understands to form an efficient team of porters and cooks (Our guide was Severine Nderumaki (Transcribo), this guy really understands his business!) Chris 'Dottore' Gschwandtner & Sonja Ortner