Climbing Kilimanjaro by Cori Bergen
I have considered climbing one of the Seven Summits, which are the highest peaks on each continent, for several years. I chose Kilimanjaro because it is not a technical climb, but still has the difficulties of weather and altitude. It is the tallest peak on the African continent and located in Tanzania. It is made up of three volcanic cones. Climbing Kilimanjaro means that you climb the highest cone named Kibo and reach Uhuru peak at 5895 M or 19.341 Ft.
My husband and I spent three months preparing for the climb. We hiked, backpacked and climbed peaks almost every weekend. Altitude sickness is one of the main reasons people fail to make the peak and we wanted to be prepared.
We chose the Lemosho route, which requires 8 days of hiking to complete the trip. On summit day we started hiking at midnight. We reached the summit at 6:30 a.m. and then only had a few minutes to snap some photos. As you can see by my photo our summit day was miserably cold and icy and we headed back down to base camp quickly. We then had to descend another 9,000 feet in two days to finish the trip.
I’m very proud of the achievement and hope that it inspires others to follow their dreams. I’m not sure where I’m headed next, but I’m sure it will be exciting!
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