Kilimanjaro: The Climb Begins

Posted by: Jeff Martin | February 15, 2012
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 9,800'

Happy Valentine’s Day from Machame camp.

When we woke up this morning, it was sunny and warm and the perfect day to start our climb.
After a quick breakfast, we loaded up in the vehicle and drove to the park gate, about an 1 1/2 drive from our hotel. With our park registration complete and the porter loads weigh, we were all more than ready to start walking.
With not a cloud in the sky, shorts and t-shirts were all that were needed today. As soon as we started on the trail, we began a steady climb up through the forest zone, the most dense section of forest on the mountain. After we climbed several thousand feet, the forest started to thin and the flanks of Kilimanjaro came into full view. A short stretch later, we were walking into our first night’s camp at 10,000. With our tents already set up and a snack waiting for us, it was a nice ending to our first day on the trail.

The team did great today on the hike and everybody is feeling strong and healthy. Tomorrow we will be checking in from Shira Camp.

Team Sima Sita

Team breakfast at the Dik Dik Hotel before departure to Kilimanjaro National Park.  Photo: Jeff Martin Beginning the climb of Kilimanjaro from the Machame Gate to our first night's camp.  Photo: RMI Collection Vehicles packed and ready for departure from the Dik DIk Hotel to the trailhead.  Photo:  RMI Collection

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