Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#3978)
- Signed By: rick moore
- Date submitted: June 26, 2004
Wow, what an incredible experience! From monkeys in the rain forest to 70mph wind gusts on the Arctic summit, we saw it all. The summit day was much harder than most people say. I'm in excellent shape and was suprised at how tired I was when we came back down to the Horombu huts. I seriously doubt the average person can make it to Uhuru point on a consistent basis. I saw several people who had no business being on the mountain turn back short of the summit with a pained look on their face. But, this mountain is attainable if you're in decent shape and take it slow.
The porters are great, but the food gets old in a hurry. I think we ate the same food everyday, they just arranged it differently to disguse it! Bring along some food your stomach is familiar with.
The actual summit is beautiful. Huge glaciers on one side and a 2,000ft drop into the crater on the other. Definitely a "once in a lifetime" experience. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone who wants to experience God's beautiful creation.
Most climbers showed some emotion on the summit (including myself). It felt great to plan a big adventure and finally see it pay off by reaching the "Roof of Africa".
Take care and God bless, Rick.