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Kilimanjaro March 27, 2009

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Sunrise at Stella Point, at the lower lip of Kibo’s summit crater.

Sunrise at Stella Point, at the lower lip of Kibo’s summit crater.

My first post- what’s up everyone?

In the spirit of ensuring that scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro and taking in its breathtaking sights is in our collective future I decided to gather a little bit of information on the famed mountain. Essentially, I’m lobbying to make sure we actually do this. Let’s be honest, every year tons of people our age ambitiously declare their desire to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after a blunt, a night of drinking, or both. Far fewer ever see the view that Ernest Hemingway described as: “wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun.”

In the moors are the region’s most distinctively weird plants: colonnade-like, eight-foot lobelias and clusters of tree-size senecio kilimanjari, or giant groundsels, with clumps of cabbage-shaped leaf clusters atop withered-looking trunks.

It’s highest peak, the Kibo Summit is 19,330 ft. high. On the way to the top of Kilimanjaro you pass through four distinct ecological zones: equatorial rain forest, misty moors with otherworldly flora (picture on the right), alpine high desert, and finally the frigid, dry summit zone. There are two main climbing seasons: January through February and mid-June through mid-October (bingo). The mountain’s overall success/failure rate for climbers is estimated to be around 50 percent (although that includes some of the more challenging of the mountain’s six established trails) so having a pair of balls about it is necessary.

It’s expensive. Paying for the necessary guides runs between $3,500 and $5,000 so…start saving. See ya’ll at the top.

Kibo Summit of Kilimanjaro

Kibo Summit of Kilimanjaro

Comments»

1. jflack4prez - March 28, 2009

hahaha, i saw that too. I was cracking up.

I wonder if Justin will make it to the summit…

2. surfair - March 27, 2009

Before the snow melts!!!!!!!!!!! Count me in.

3. jflack4prez - March 27, 2009

I’m 100% down. Let’s do it right after the World Cup ends in July 2010.

Here is a link to a great article from the New York Times travel section. The author makes you feel like your climbing the mountain with him. Ya’ll should check it out.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/travel/20Explorer.html?sq=kilimanjaro&st=cse&scp=2&pagewanted=all


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