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:19341 ft / 5895 m

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 three of us as paying clients, we had a 21-man support team, which included two guides, one chef and 18 porters. The guides and a porter who carried emergency gear in case it was needed, were with us for the entire trek.

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 -15 C overnight; thankfully, there was no wind. To top it all off, we were also treated to the largest "super moon" of the year at Crater Camp! There was no snowfall or even flurries, despite this being their winter season. The various glacier fields surrounded us, but we were advised that because of global warning, they may not be here in 20 years.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9843 ft / 3000 m
    Round-Trip Distance:43.5 mi / 70 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9843 ft / 3000 m
    Distance:23.6 mi / 38 km
    Route:Lemosho Route
    Start Trailhead:Londorossi Gate  9498 ft / 2894 m
    Time:7 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:19.9 mi / 32 km
    Route:Mweka Route
    End Trailhead:Uhuru Peak  19341 ft / 5895 m
    Time:2 Days 

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