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CLICKING ON ANY THUMBNAIL BELOW WILL LEAD YOU TO A SEPERATE GALLERY OF IMAGES. Each day of the climb has it's own seperate gallery.

KILIMANJARO! Libby and I have dreamed of this trip for many years now. So far our adventure has exceeded our wildest expecations. The environment, culture and geography here in East Africa are all so vivid and captivating.

Before leaving we contacted Baraka (a friend of a friend) in Arusha, Tanzania. Baraka has been our sheppard here in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. We hit it off as soon as we met; it wasn't long before we convinced Baraka to join us on the climb.

We had three other companions on our trip as well. Oliver and Genevieve from Montreal, as well as Adam from Manhattan. But I'm getting just a bit ahead of myself.

We landed in Dar es Salaam on January 2nd, after 24 hours of plane rides, with little sleep and me still suffering from a very bad cold. After a day and night of sleep, and the help of a wonderful Iranian man named Shah who ran a beauty supply and phone store next to our hotel, we found ourselves on a 10-hour bus ride to Arusha where we were to meet Baraka.

At a small bathroom and food stop along the way, we noticed Adam eyeing Libby's plate of rice, and offered him a bite. We found that he has been wandering the world like Cain from Kung Fu for the past many months. He has been all over Asia, Austrialia, and Southern Africa, and intended to climb Kili. We gave him our new local phone number (thanks to Shah in Dar es Salaam) and decided to try and link up for the adventure. Adam met Oliver and Genevieve and things progressed from there. Now we were six.

We spent our days on the mountain with the greatest set of Guides and Porters! Phillip was a wonderful head guide. His assistant Mike was strong as an Ox and always looked over us when Phillip was busy. Gideon the Cook made us tasty food each evening, and the Porters were like our own private cheering section. They carried their heavy loads each day and then rushed to help us with anything we might need once we reached camp. Warm water for washing. Cold water for drinking. Hot water for tea. The tents were always ready for us when we reached camp. These people work so hard on the mountain.

Four and a half of the six days were spent climbing and acclimatizing, and only one and one half descending. Please click on the gallery links below to see what a great time we all had...
Kilimanjaro: Day One Gallery
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Kilimanjaro: Day Two Gallery
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Kilimanjaro: Day Three Gallery
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Kilimanjaro: Day Four Gallery
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Kilimanjaro: Summit Day Gallery
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Kilimanjaro: Day Six Gallery
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