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Mt Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most emblematic places. Like the great pyramids and Egypt or Uluru and Australia, it defines a whole country. It is a massive volcano rising to the highest point in all of Africa at 19,341 feet (5895.55 meters seems too small). But it isn't just the altitude that makes this icon so impressive - it's the sheer size of the massif the volcano has created. The volcano is big enough to create its own weather systems.

I am not going to write much here about it. The place is a World Heritage site and an important Tanzanian National Park. The $800 paid to the National Park for fees to climb Kili contributes a great deal to the Tanzanian economy. You can find as much information as you want about the place on the web. But you probably won't find such a complete collection of photographs ... animal and plant shots will be duplicated in the relevant places - but most things will be represented here.

The trip took 7 nights and 8 days. We started our ascent on Day 6, summited at around sunrise on Day 7 and then hightailed it down the mountain to Millennium Camp. Day 8 got us back down to the gate and our ride back to our hotel.

I was lucky enough to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in the company of good friends. We summited on July 26, 2013. It was the toughest thing I've ever done (and I've run over a dozen marathons including Boston). I will never forget the austere beauty of the summit, the sheer privilege of being lucky enough to see the views from the top. My frozen fingers didn't allow me to do more than set the camera on automatic. The frozen battery needed to be cajoled into life by cupping it in my pockets and hoping for a few more pictures. It drew the line at video though - so I got none.

I owe special thanks to my guide who carried my photographic back pack most of the way up the mountain - without the help of Isaac Iaban most of these photos wouldn't be here. I doubt any of us could have made it without the efforts of our porters and guides ... asante to all of you.

The photos are in more or less chronological order - so summit photos are towards the middle. The first one is here.

 

Our climbing group

SCENE 4266 Our Mt Kilimanjaro climbing group.

Shira 1 campsite

SCENE 4295 Shira 1 campsite - end of our first day of hiking and Kili still seems impossibly far away ....

Isaac with my photographic back pack, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4649 A Prince among men, Isaac with my photographic back pack.

Stepping aside while our high speed porters get moving Mt Kilimajaro

SCENE 4901 Stepping aside while our high speed porters get moving on Mt Kilimanjaro.

oulders and mudflat, East Shira Hill, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4747 Boulders and mudflat, East Shira Hill, Mt Kilimanjaro.

sunset over Shira Wall

SCENE 4761 Sunset over Shira Wall.

Shira caldera rim at sunset, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4783 Shira caldera rim at sunset, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Shira crater rim at sunset

SCENE 1860 Shira crater rim at sunset.

Inside the mess tent, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4640 Inside the mess tent, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Hikers on Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5152 Hikers on the way to the Lava Tower camp site.

Lava Tower campsite, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4911 Lava Tower campsite, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Arrow Glacier, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4932 Arrow Glacier, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Moonrise over Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4757 Moonrise over Mt Kilimanjaro.

Moonrise over Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 1875 Moon rise over Mt Kilimanjaro.

Usnea sp Old Man's Beard, on tree at Shira Cathedral, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4730 Usnea sp. Old Man's Beard, on tree at Shira Cathedral, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Dendrosenecio kilimanjari tree groundsel in the Barranco valley

SCENE 4990 Dendrosenecio kilimanjari tree groundsel in the Barranco valley.

Dendrosenecio kilimanjari giant groundsel in the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4995 Dendrosenecio kilimanjari giant groundsel in the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Dendrosenecio kilimanjari giant groundsel in the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5011 Dendrosenecio kilimanjari giant groundsel in the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro. Hiker gives scale to these giants.

Lobelia deckenii Giant Lobelia, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4999 Lobelia deckenii Giant Lobelia, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Lobelia deckenii Giant Lobelia, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5000 Lobelia deckenii Giant Lobelia, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Frozen stream, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4961 Frozen stream, Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Hiking the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5005 Hiking the Barranco Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Climbing the Barranco Wall, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5042 Climbing the Barranco Wall, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Climbing the Barranco Wall, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5081 Climbing the Barranco Wall, Mt Kilimanjaro.

white-necked ravens, Lava Tower

SCENE 1868 Corvus albicolis white-necked raven, pair at Lava Tower, Mt Kilimanjaro.

white-necked raven taking off

SCENE 4799 Corvus albicolis white-necked raven taking off, Mt Kilimanjaro

white-necked raven in flight

SCENE 1823 Corvus albicolis White-necked raven in flight, Mt Kilimanjaro.

white-necked raven in flight

SCENE 2070 Corvus albicolis white-necked raven in flight, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Cercomela sordida Alpine chat, also known to guides as tennis ball bird, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 1854 Cercomela sordida Alpine chat, also known to guides as tennis ball bird, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Serinus striolatus Streaky seed-eater, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 1846 Serinus striolatus Streaky seed-eater, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Streptopelia lugens Dusky turtle dove Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 1838 Streptopelia lugens Dusky turtle dove Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mt Meru and cloud formations on lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4952 Mt Meru and cloud formations on lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

Helichrysum sp Everlasting daisy Mt Kilimanjaro endemic

SCENE 4658 Helichrysum sp. Everlasting daisy Mt Kilimanjaro endemic.

Euryops dacrydioides Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 4843 Euryops dacrydioides Mt Kilimanjaro.

Carduus keniensis thistle endemic to the region

SCENE 4828 Carduus keniensis thistle endemic to the region.

Breaking camp, Lava Tower, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5091 Breaking camp, Lava Tower, Mt Kilimanjaro.

On the way to Karanga Camp Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5092 On the way to Karanga Camp Mt Kilimanjaro.

Karanga campsite, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5216 Karanga campsite, Mt Kilimanjaro. We used this camp to rest before our ascent.

Glacier from crater rim, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5152 Glacier from crater rim, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Ice fields on Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5151 Ice fields on Kilimanjaro.

Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5153 In your face beautiful.

Ice on summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5158 Ice on summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mt Meru at sunrise from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5113 Mt Meru at sunrise from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

sun rise over Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5118 Sun rise over Kilimanjaro. The tip of Mt Meru pokes over the clouds and through the shadow of Kili.

View into the main caldera, the Furtwangler Glacier is on the extreme left

SCENE 5183 View into the main caldera, the Furtwangler Glacier is on the extreme left.

Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5198 Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5195 Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5194 Ice fields on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Mt Mawenzi and icefields from the summit of Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5188 Mt Mawenzi and icefields from the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Mt Mawenzi and ice field from Kibo crater rim

SCENE 5165 Mt Mawenzi and ice field from Kibo crater rim.

Rain forest on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5361 Rain forest on the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Impatiens kilimanjari endemic to Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5323 Impatiens kilimanjari endemic to Mt Kilimanjaro.

Gladiolus watsonides, Rain forest, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5283 Gladiolus watsonides, Rain forest, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Endemic Kilimanjaro protea

SCENE 5288 Protea kilimandsharica, endemic Kilimanjaro protea.

Kniphofia thomsonii Red hot poker, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5305 Kniphofia thomsonii Red hot poker, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Erica excelsor Giant heather, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5308 Erica excelsa? Giant heather, Mt Kilimanjaro.

Impatiens, Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5344 Impatiens sp. Mt Kilimanjaro.

Trifolium usambarensis Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5301 Trifolium usambarensis Mt Kilimanjaro.

Fern frond

SCENE 5378 Fern in rain forest, Mt Kilimanjaro.

fern frond

SCENE 5379 Fern frond, rain forest.

Aroid on lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

SCENE 5367 Aroid on lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro.

 

 

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