I’m back

I’m back from Africa.  Actually, I’ve been back for over a week and have been getting caught up in my online stuff.  The trip to Africa went very well.  I am happy to announce that I made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The final summit day was pretty tough.

We started at 11,000 on Day 1 at the Shira trailhead.  The actual distance in hiking to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro is not very far.  What makes it a difficult hike is the elevation.  Our bodies have to acclimate to the higher elevation and the only way to do that is to spend time at higher elevations.  This is why it takes 5-7 days to get to the top.  Each day we hiked about 6 hours.  We had acclimatization hikes where we would hike up to the top of a hill and back down.  This was solely to get our bodies use to the elevation.  These side hikes did not get us closer to the top.

I had slight altitude sickness on Day 3.  I had a headache and nausea.  But I still went on the acclimatization hikes because I knew that it was the only way to help my body.  It’s a weird feeling because you feel like you have the flu or a bad cold, but you know that resting won’t help you at all.  Day 4 I was still not feeling that well.  By Day 6 my altitude sickness symptoms were gone and I felt pretty good.

On the morning of Day 7, which I use morning loosely, we woke up at 12am and started to head for the summit at 1am.  We hiked very slow in the dark.  The distance to the top was only 4.5 miles, but the elevation went from 15,000ft to 19,350ft.  I could feel the air get thinner at about 18,000ft.  I was having trouble staying awake while hiking.  I was able to snap this picture as the sun began to rise.  I used my camera as an excuse to rest.

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I made it to the top at 8:30am after 7.5 hours of hiking.  In our group of 12 hikers, 10 of us made it to the top.  We were lucky because the weather was great.  It was sunny and clear and probably about 20 degrees at the top (which is really warm for the top).

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The next 2 days I went on a safari at Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.  I’ll post some pics of that in a few days.  I say a few days, because I’ve been lazy catching up on my online stores and things in general so this blog priority keeps getting pushed.  Sorry.

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