Ascent of Kilimanjaro on 2013-06-23

Climber: Dave Ward

Others in Party:Daughter
one other paying client
2 guides and 19 other crew (chef & porters).
Date:Sunday, June 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:5895 m / 19341 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A great trek taken with Tusker Trails, which I highly recommend for their experience on the mountain (since 1977), and for the training their Guides and Chefs receive. Considered the elite of the trekking companies on Mt. Kili, they are more expensive than others, but your health comes first with them, then summiting. Their Guides receive annual re-certification in High Altitude First Response training, and their Chefs are trained by chefs of the Culinary Institute of America. Tusker claims about 99% success rate in summiting.

For the 3 paying clients, we had 21 support crew, consisting of 2 Guides, 1 Chef and 18 porters.

As I had never hiked at high altitude before, I chose the Lemosho Route to maximize our acclimatization time, 7 days up and 2 days down. We were on the trail an average of about 6 hrs per day. We had no rain or adverse weather conditions, except for some light rain on the 9th day. We slept at Crater Camp after summiting, where it dropped to about -20 C overnight; thankfully, there was no wind. There was no snowfall, no flurries, just what is left of the glacier fields at the top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3001 m / 9843 ft
    Elevation Loss:0 m / 0 ft
    Distance:70 km / 43.5 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3001 m / 9843 ft
    Distance:38 km / 23.6 mi
    Route:Lemosho Route
    Trailhead:Londorossi Gate  2894 m / 9498 ft
    Time Up:7 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:0 m / 0 ft
    Distance:32 km / 19.9 mi
    Route:Mweka Route
    Trailhead:Uhuru Peak  5895 m / 19341 ft
    Time Down:2 Days 

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