Climbing Kilimanjaro

Posted: March 4, 2014 by kirisyko in Climbing, High altitude mountaineering, Rock Climbing

My Life Lived Full

This month is a special anniversary.  Five years ago, after a year of planning, eight of us made the journey to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro. I hadn’t expected the climb to be easy, but I had a reality check on the immensity of the undertaking our third day on the famous mountain.

At 19,340 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the largest free standing mountain in the world.  It is not a technical climb – there are no rock faces to scale with ropes or great chasms to cross with ladders – only a long upward trek through endless volcanic rock in a barren landscape as the air gets thinner and harder to breathe.

We began our climb on the Machame Trail in early March 2009 with a crew of thirty.  Our crew included the guide leader, several assistants, a cook, and multiple porters who carried all our gear for the…

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