Mt. Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ascend Barranco Wall

Posted by: Dave Hahn | August 01, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Kilimanjaro
Elevation: 13,160'

It was cold in Mt. Kilimanjaro’s Barranco Camp this morning, but very beautiful. We still couldn’t see the world below, due to clouds, but we could sure see the steep Southern walls of Kibo Peak above.  Giant icicles hung down from the glaciers and snowfields in the early morning shadows.  Just as the sun hit our camp at about 8:15 AM, we set off into the cool shadows again.  We didn’t stay cold though, since our first task was to climb the steep lava ledges of the Barranco Wall.  Our local guides, Eric and Charles, along with Eliapende and Vendelin, made sure that all felt confident in reaching up for the rough handholds and stepping from block to block to pass this imposing barrier. 
It took over an hour, as expected, to get up 800 vertical feet of relief, but we did it, earning even better views of Kilimanjaro’s central peak and glaciers hanging thousands of feet above.  Then it was relatively easy walking to reach the Karanga Valley, but by the time we made that combination steep descent and ascent -in and out of the narrow valley, we were in cloud.  We made it to Karanga Camp at 13,160 ft by 1:15 PM and began our now familiar and welcome pattern of resting, recuperating, eating and drinking through the afternoon. 

Best Regards,
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

The RMI Kilimanjaro July 26th team on top of the Barranco Wall.  Photo: Dave Hahn

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Brother Brad & Brother Brian,
I know you guys are wearin’ out the mountain! Looks like a great trek. Enjoy the journey and take lots of pics. Can’t wait to hear about the climb.

Posted by: Steve on 8/1/2014 at 6:47 pm

Kevin!  Hey babe! Got your vm today!  Missed your call by 5 minutes as I was loading the car.  :( you’re hiking a mountain and b is busy chasing h around the house and learning to walk better.  That’s his mountain for now!  :) h can’t even eat without b right there running him over!  We love you and miss you!  Keep going….. yall are getting close!

Posted by: Heather Davis on 8/1/2014 at 5:18 pm


glad to see you looking so happy.  Very excited that you are having such a wonderful time.  Miss you..looking forward to your homecoming.  safe travels.


Posted by: Bobbi on 8/1/2014 at 4:17 pm

Hello to all from “sea level” in Texas. Congratulations to Kevin and David and the whole team for your achievement today and THANKS to Dave for the updates. It’s exciting to know you are living a dream. Excited to hear your stories when you get back. The team looks great.
You guys ROCK….....Dad and Gary

Posted by: Gary Davis on 8/1/2014 at 10:21 am

Brian and Brad - my brothers!
Be careful, keep breathing and lift one up for me when y’all are done!

Posted by: Johnny on 8/1/2014 at 8:57 am

WOW, we have really enjoyed the updates and pictures.  Everyone looks happy and healthy, and we know you are having a great time.  Keep breathing slow and steady.
See you soon.  Mom and Dad

Posted by: Clinton on 8/1/2014 at 7:21 am

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