Mt. Kilimanjaro: Team Members Set New Altitude Record

Posted by: Dave Hahn | September 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,000'

Early risers at Shira Camp witnessed a giant moon setting out near Mount Meru to our west this morning.  We still had views of the upper flanks of Kilimanjaro when we went to breakfast, but by the time we hit the trail, the great cliffs and glaciers were cloaked in cloud.  We marched upward on a low angled and broad ridge.  Gradually the plants got smaller and smaller until there were hardly any of note by our high point at the Lava Tower.  We endured a short sleet storm near the 14,900’ pass, but that did not keep us from pushing on and breaking altitude records for a number of our team members.  Then we began a steady descent into the Barranco Valley.  Clouds let loose a ten minute rain shower on us and kept us guessing about the steep contours above.  We could just see hints of ice and crazily angled rock up above.  Below we could see a magical valley of Dr. Seuss style plants unfolding.  Giant Senecios and Lobelias abounded.  We were in our new home and safely in the tents at 13,000’ before the next rain showers commenced.  The late afternoon and evening blended together as a damp fog settled over our Barranco tent village. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The team's view above Barranco Camp, Kilimanjaro. Photo: Dave Hahn

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Wow, what a vista!  Love this blog!  Chris and Jeff, keep breathing!!

Posted by: Joan on 9/20/2013 at 6:16 am

Awesome descriptions of the climb. I can really visualize it. Sorry you’re getting rained on!

Posted by: Mara on 9/19/2013 at 10:48 am

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