Kilimanjaro: Martin & Team Descend to Final Camp

Posted by: Jeff Martin | August 02, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 10,000'

Hello from Mweka Camp,

We did it! We had an absolutely perfect summit day today on Kilimanjaro. Leaving camp at 12:45 am, we made it to Stella Point (the crater rim) by 6:30 am, just in time to watch a very colorful sunrise. At 7:30 am, the entire team was standing on top of Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. The group did an excellent job of climbing the 4,000’ from Barafu Camp to the summit.

The weather continued to cooperate today and we had clear skies all day long. It is always nice to be rewarded with a grand view from the top. We all congratulated each other for this big accomplishment, and took our summit photos.  We descended back to Barafu Camp in time for a late breakfast and to pack our gear up for the hike down to Mweka Camp.

It is nice to be down at 10,000’ again. We are camped amongst the Giant Heather and the air is thick again.

Our last dinner on the mountain started with a champagne toast to the summit of Kilimanjaro, and was followed by a wonderful meal.  We walk out the last six miles and end our trek at the Mweka Gate tomorrow. We will be back at the Dik Dik by early afternoon and everybody is looking forward to a hot shower and clean clothes.

The Kili Team

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WOW, So happy to hear this morning -100%. I’m so happy for your summit victory!! you did it! My god my eyes are welling up, but that could be because I haven’t had a vacation in three years, LOL. Seriously, Jeff, did you think that old coot Rusty was gonna make it? lol, I did, he’s an amazing friend. He’s a friggin’ mountain goat.I will toast to you all tonight. Congratulations Jeff,Rusty,Sara and the rest of your team on an amazing journey and accomplishment. Jeff, a huge thank you for the posts, that kept us up to date and made your trip seem so close to us at home.I’ve really looked forward to them and will continue to follow you guys.
Gummi worm Man

Posted by: gummi worm man on 8/2/2011 at 12:13 pm

Congratulations, what a feat!!!  Great respect for your accomplishments!  We can’t wait to see the photos of you at the summit!

Posted by: L & Bailey on 8/2/2011 at 11:56 am

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ADVENTURE! Glad to know everyone is safe and secure to live your next journey. Have a safe and respectful life! sincerely,Eyahni

Posted by: eyahni lewis on 8/2/2011 at 11:34 am

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!!!  Way to go, Catherine - can’t wait to hear all about your adventures and see the beautiful pictures.  XOXO - Angelica

Posted by: Angelica on 8/2/2011 at 11:05 am

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