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Final Day in Tanzania

6 February 2014

sunny

traffic circle in town

traffic circle in town


A few extra tourist hours were stolen today since our flight doesn't leave until 2150. Monica asked if the Climb Kili driver would take us to town. Will, Monica, Curt and I went to an ATM to get cash and then to the Cultural Heritage Center. I was very touristy with an Indian guy in charge of the place that had a huge art museum and another section with every kind of souvenir you would want. The art gallery was the largest in Africa and had some REALLY beautiful and REALLY expensive paintings. It was a little rich for our blood so we got a ride back to the SG Resort. We hit the gas station for snacks and spent the rest of the afternoon in the patio area chatting and snacking.
elephant fountain

elephant fountain


art museum

art museum


castle lager

castle lager

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Day 8: Mweka Camp to Finish

5 February 2014

sunny 70 °F

the hiking group

the hiking group


We asked to wake up at 0700 but I think all of us were up by 0630 anyway so we had breakfast at the normal time and said goodbye to our tents. Even the porters and guides were excited that today is shower day! A beautiful three hour hike through the rain forest had us to the finish. There were a few tears at the end and a celebration including singing and dancing by the guides and porters.
last view of mountain

last view of mountain


the final stretch

the final stretch


celebrating the finish

celebrating the finish


porters celebrating for us

porters celebrating for us


We were also pleasantly surprised by our lunch fiest of fried fish and chicken, noodles, rice, potatoes, carrots, green beans, cucumber and pineapple. My prayers were answered by the bottles of coke waiting at the lunch table.
lunch fiest

lunch fiest


We still have a 2 hour drive back to Arusha and the SG resort but it passed pretty quickly. We had a short wait in the town while on of the guides ran an errand. I had to snag a picture of this woman walking with one shoe on her head. What would be the reason for that?
lady with shoe on her head

lady with shoe on her head


Back at the hotel I'm sure the hot water heater was working overtime as we all luxuriated in our showers. After reorganizing all our gear and trying to find clean clothes we met the rest of the group for dinner in the resort dining room.

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Day 7: Baraful to SUMMIT to Mweka Camp

4 February 2014

all seasons in one day

View from top of Africa

View from top of Africa


What a horrible day! Our kike to the summit started yesterday at 11:30 in the evening. The hike is down this way so that you will hit the summit as the sun is coming up by walking all night with a headlamp. Unfortunately the altitude was not good to my body and I was vomiting within the first hour. Curt wasn't doing so hot either claiming later he was hallucinating. In the end we split from the other four in our group so we could go slower and stop for vomiting every 20-30 minutes. Good Love and Chi Chi became our guides and we would never have made it without their encouragement. Poley, Poley is the way to say Slowly, Slowly in Swahili and we will never forget those words being repeated to us over and over again. We hit Stella point as the sun was coming up and another 45 minutes or so later the summit.
Stella Point sign

Stella Point sign


Stella Point View

Stella Point View


sunrise

sunrise


WE MADE IT!

WE MADE IT!


Top of Africa sign

Top of Africa sign


snow cap on mountain

snow cap on mountain


Good Love, us and Chi Chi

Good Love, us and Chi Chi


A few minutes are spent at the summit, basically in line to get your picture with the sign and you have to start the horrible hike back down. It took us 7 hours to get to the summit and 3 hours to get down. The way down has a lot of segments over loose rock and can be very slippery. By the time we got back to camp we had about 1 hour to rest before lunch. After all of those hours hiking our lunch was a bit disappointing. We had an onion sandwich, French toast with no syrup and of course soup.
taking off in the snow

taking off in the snow


Curt pretending to be happy

Curt pretending to be happy


trail later the same day

trail later the same day


The good news is that we made it to the summit despite the altitude effects on our bodies. The bad news is that we still had a four hour hike in front of us to get to the next camp. It was snowing/sleeting a lunch again today and finally they couldn't wait any longer and we had to start walking. Atleast one hour of the four was through the snow but relatively flat. As we descended we ended up in mud and then finally back to the rain forest and Mweka Camp. For dinner we got ugali which is a Tanzanian dish sort of like grits they mix with meat sauce, etc. We had rice and meat sauce to go along with it. We all were eager to hit our tents for some rest after the extremely long day. Most of us feel we can attribute part of our success today to the medium fat spread we put on everything during our meals. In America this is better known as butter.
medium fat spread

medium fat spread

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Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

3 February 2014

overcast 25 °F

the trail

the trail


Today the egg triangles have peppers and onions! I think everyone is more tired today as we set off uphill again. The route is kind of ugly and short, only three hours. A lot of the route is just along rocks or what look like huge piles of shale rock. At Barafu camp we have lunch of potato stew, pancakes, pineapple and bread. Our assignment is to rest for the afternoon because tonight at 2230 we must wake to start our hike to the summit at 2230. I had a headache when we got to camp today at 15,000 feet but it resolved with rest and Naproxen. So there we were at 1030 at night waking up to have porridge and put on all our coats, gloves and hats to start walking up and up and up for 6 hours to the summit.
trail view for today

trail view for today


flat rocks along the trail

flat rocks along the trail


snow at lunch again

snow at lunch again

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Day 5: Barranco to Karanga Camp

2 February 2014

Superbowl Sunday! Instead of watching Denver and Seattle we hiked for 4 hours. Down in to Barranco Valley and then up, up, up the Barranco Wall was our first feat for the day. This was literally climbing up the rocks. After a break at the top of the wall we continued on a series of ups and downs to camp. At Karanga camp we had to wait awhile for lunch but were pleasantly surprised with French fries, chicken, watermelon, coleslaw and dried banana. After eating we started playing cards and the snow and hail also started. The ground was covered in white and our tent almost fell over on us. By dinner the sun was shining again and we had vege soup, rice with beef and vege sauce and bread with watermelon for dessert. We all went to bed a bit anxious since tomorrow night starts our summit hopes.
Curt and Emanuel climbing the wall

Curt and Emanuel climbing the wall


Will taking a break

Will taking a break


view from top of barranco wall

view from top of barranco wall


trail way below

trail way below


top of barranco wall

top of barranco wall


Monicas rain pants

Monicas rain pants


Karanga valley trail

Karanga valley trail


bad weather outside

bad weather outside


sleeting

sleeting


lunchtime view of tent

lunchtime view of tent


Karanga camp

Karanga camp


Karanga camp site

Karanga camp site


dinnertime view out of tent

dinnertime view out of tent


condiments

condiments


sunset

sunset

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Day 4: Moir Camp to Barranco Camp

1 February 2014

Scrambled eggs instead of egg triangles this morning was the only difference compared to yesterday. We spend the day hiking 4 hours and 15 minutes and make it to the alpine dessert. There was a lot of climbing over rocks and a few of the different hiking routes merged together. We did an acclimatization trek to the Lava Tower at 15,000 feet for lunch. We snacked on cheese sandwiches, mango, cucumber soup and apple juice while the clouds and rain blew in and the temperature dropped significantly. Another 1.5 hours brought us to the Barranco Hut at 13,000 feet. We were all puzzled by the relatively downward progress of the afternoon which seemed in contrast to the main goal of reaching the peak. At camp we played some cards before dinner and I watched a rodent chomping on the grass. Dinner was composed of soup, a really thick crepe they called pancakes, and pasta with bean and vege sauce. As we head to our tents and look back at the peak it seems within reach for the first time.
sun coming up

sun coming up


hanging out in the clouds

hanging out in the clouds


porters on the trail

porters on the trail


clouds rolling in

clouds rolling in


directions

directions


lunch stop

lunch stop


rest break

rest break


plants in the mist

plants in the mist


weird growths

weird growths


getting wet

getting wet


conditions worsen

conditions worsen


Barranco hut sign in

Barranco hut sign in


Barranco camp

Barranco camp


campside view

campside view


crow

crow


rodent

rodent


rodent2

rodent2


view from camp

view from camp


nighttime view of peak

nighttime view of peak


goodnight Barranco Camp

goodnight Barranco Camp

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Day 3 Shira Camp to Moir Camp

31 January 2014

sunny 55 °F

morning comes quickly

morning comes quickly


Routine is starting to set in, we have tea, water for washing, breakfast and set off on the trail. Today is mostly flat with a few rocky areas for 4 hours and 15 minutes. We arrive at camp to have lunch of celery soup, pancakes, and vege hot pockets with a mango slice. After a rest and visit with Will who is a massage therapist my neck is fixed and headache is gone...for the moment. The afternoon mission was a hike to 13,500 feet to acclimatize and then back down. The entire hike was about one hour but the ascent brought back a mild headache. Dinner included, you guessed it, soup, potatoes and veges.
stream

stream


todays view

todays view


only life form

only life form


little white cone in back is campsite

little white cone in back is campsite


can you see the trail

can you see the trail


camp number three

camp number three


at 15000 feet

at 15000 feet


Curt with his art

Curt with his art


pointing out the start

pointing out the start


rock creations

rock creations


they get cell reception here

they get cell reception here


tiny camp way below

tiny camp way below


Goodnight day 3

Goodnight day 3

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Day 2 Mti Mkubwa to Shira Camp

30 January 2014

sunny 80 °F

Gruel (porridge), eggs, and sausage for breakfast to fuel our hiking start at 0815. We spent one hour going through the rain forest and then on to the Heath and moorland zone. The route started to get VERY dusty and was pretty steep with a lot of up and down. The hike was about 5 hours to the Shira 1 camp. We got our first views of the peak. Once we reached camp today we were done hiking and able to enjoy the lunch of macaroni noodles with peppers and carrots, chicken soup and chicken tenders. The rest of the day was used to rest and play cards. Absolutely everything we have is now dirty due to the dust so there is nothing to do about it. Dinner was pumpkin soup, rice with beef and broth and banana fritters. I have a headache but I think it is from carrying the bags and my neck, not mountain sickness. Camp today at 11,500 feet
morning in camp

morning in camp


rainforest to start

rainforest to start


Curt and I at rest break

Curt and I at rest break


the trail

the trail


Curt and Emanuel

Curt and Emanuel


first view of the mountain

first view of the mountain


flowers with a mountain view

flowers with a mountain view


rest break

rest break


the onward trail

the onward trail


the view

the view


where we came from

where we came from


where we are going

where we are going


flowers all over the mountain

flowers all over the mountain


wishing to make it

wishing to make it


Camp day 2

Camp day 2


Nighttime in camp

Nighttime in camp

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Starting the trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro

29 January 2014

sunny 80 °F

Street on way to mountain

Street on way to mountain


tanzanian traffic

tanzanian traffic


Tanzanian fashion

Tanzanian fashion


carrying firewood

carrying firewood


Today is the day we finally start the trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and tick yet another think off the bucket list! By 0915 the group of 6 plus the cook, guide and assistant guide were stuffed in a vehicle. Excitement was high but dropped a bit over the two hour dusty ride to the Londorossi gate where we get our gear weighed.
weighing bags

weighing bags


the bread guy

the bread guy


porter meetup

porter meetup


Rules

Rules


We waited a really long time for the porters to get the bags weighed and put the duffels on top of the truck. We were served lunch while we waited of bread, mango, carrots, banana, and muffins. Finally we were stuffed back in the same car to drive another 45 minutes down roads most Americans would consider impassable. The side of the road came up to the level of the seats and was only about 1 inch wider than the safari vehicle we were in. When the vehicle could go no further they made the guides get out and pushed our stuff off the top....and drove some more. At last we were able to get out and start walking. The start of the Lemosho route was just ahead and initially through the rain forest. The rhesus monkeys were plentiful and their tail reminded me of Emma.
finally getting out of the car

finally getting out of the car


Emanuel

Emanuel


Ready to start

Ready to start


official start of Lemosho route

official start of Lemosho route


first step on the trail

first step on the trail


rainforest

rainforest


rainforest 2

rainforest 2


flower

flower


Curt still happy

Curt still happy


Our first camp site was Mti Mkubwa which in Swahili means Big Tree and we reached it after about 2 hours of hiking. We were given a lesson on how to use our toilet and finally had tea/coffee and popcorn for "tea time". About 30 minutes later the server brought our cucumber soup and spaghetti Bolognese.
first camp site

first camp site


water for washing

water for washing


toilet

toilet


evening snack

evening snack


Day one was through the montane forest for 2 hours and we settle for bed at 7,742 feet.

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Ngorongoro Crater

28 January 2014

sunny 80 °F

another crater view

another crater view


Breakfast this morning is overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater - beautiful! It was a surprisingly long and bumpy ride down in to the crater through a jungle looking environment. Towards the bottom the animals started presenting themselves and you can see something everywhere you look. It amazing to see for so far and have animals all over. As far as the eye could see there was zebra, wildebeest with babies, gazelles, buffalo, all kinds of birds, 3 hyena and even 4 lion. Some guidebooks say there are no elephants in the crater but we saw at least 20.
elephant are in the crater

elephant are in the crater


wildebeest chasing jackal

wildebeest chasing jackal


jackal chase 2

jackal chase 2


We watched a wildebeest mom and baby chase around a jackal and hippos float in a lake.
hippo gathering

hippo gathering


Off in the distance Curt and I saw our first black rhino.
elephant graveyard

elephant graveyard


Another section is called the elephant graveyard. Rumor goes that elephants know where to go to die but the truth seems to be that this is a swampy area so it provides food that is easier to chew when they get old and their teeth are almost gone.
another baby zebra

another baby zebra


baby wildbeest

baby wildbeest


baby wildebeest

baby wildebeest


baby zeba going the wrong way

baby zeba going the wrong way


baby zebra

baby zebra


best view of lions

best view of lions


bird on our truck

bird on our truck


buffalo in crater

buffalo in crater


buffalo

buffalo


buzzard looking for a meal

buzzard looking for a meal


close up zebra

close up zebra


entrance to Ngorongoro

entrance to Ngorongoro


gazelle

gazelle


heron

heron


hyena crossing

hyena crossing


landscape at edge of crater

landscape at edge of crater


little wildlife

little wildlife


momma and baby wildebeest

momma and baby wildebeest


monkeys in crater too

monkeys in crater too


muddy hyena

muddy hyena


Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater


ostrich in the crater

ostrich in the crater


ostrich in the road

ostrich in the road


pitstop by the lake

pitstop by the lake


secretary bird

secretary bird


us at the crater

us at the crater


wildebeest on the way somewhere

wildebeest on the way somewhere


wildebeest

wildebeest


wrong way again

wrong way again


zebra gathering

zebra gathering


zebra1

zebra1


zebras snacking

zebras snacking


zebras with mountain view

zebras with mountain view


On the return we have a harrowing ride at high speeds down the mountain. When we finally stop again it was at a shop run by an Indian guy who wasn't that happy to sell me a postcard. We have another box lunch here of more fried chicken, tomato sandwich, banana and juice.
art sale

art sale


souveneirs

souveneirs


Masai market day

Masai market day


The ride ends back at the SG Resort in Arusha. We had a meet up with the other four hikers on the Lemosho route of Kilimanjaro with us. We picked up our rental gear and got our briefing for the next day. I decided on spaghetti with meat sauce to carb up for the hike starting tomorrow and Curt had beef stew for dinner. Our new Australian friend Monica joined us for dinner and as it happens she wants to study medicine!

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