Pictured here is the Furtwrangler Glacier which we could walk right up to and touch. The breath saving stroll from the crater rim to Crater Camp is all down hill. past the massive 40 to 50 foot walls of ice that have been standing there for thousands of years. Â […]
This view of the Reusch Crater is hidden from Kilimanjaro summiteers by gigantic cinder cones. The only way to see this is to include an over-night stay at Crater Camp, walk up the cinder cones and look in. Less than 5 % of the annual trekkers do this. The majority […]
While exploring the surroundings on the crater floor the clouds were rolling past, at our level, like gigantic puffs of cotton. I’d never seen anything quiteÂ like it.
I took this minimalist image as we moved slowly across the raising snow slope from the top of the Breach to the rim of the cinder cones protecting the Reusch Crater.
Kilimanjaro is not known for summit plumes but there it was nonetheless. Unlike the Himalayan giants, this was not warm monsoon air condensing to ice crystals. Kili was sucking the clouds up the Western Breach from behind us and playfully throwing them off theÂ summit ridgeÂ with the same nonchalance used when […]
Â These are the final steps at the top of the Western Breach Route. I’d never climbed anything like the Breach, at that altitude, (16,000-ft to 18,800-ft) in my life. My flatlander perspective saw the task as daunting, challenging and even scary. I have shared in past articles that I […]
Our first real break on the Breach route was at 17,300-feet. Mt. Meru can be seen off in the distance. Lava Tower camp is the beigeÂ patch in the lower right with the Shira Plateau beyond, an outstanding view from any angle. Pictured is our head guide, Stephen. He’s standing in […]
As we inched up the Western Breach Route, I invested most of my limited cognitive and physical resources, rest stepping and breathing. While we were still in the shade provided by our early start, I happened to look to the left and saw the sun just beginning to touch the […]
Dawn, at Arrow Glacier Camp, the morning we would finally attempt our assent of the Western Breach. It was very cold, butÂ the early departure would minimize our exposure to rock fall. The shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro is draped atop the 12,000-ft cloud layer stretching all the way to Mt.Meru some […]
For the acclimation run up the Western Breach, Steven our head guide produced some very cool Sherpa glasses to combat the increasing UV levels at 17,000 feet. My son on the other hand wore dime store aviator shades over his regular glasses. Both strategies worked just fine and remember, big […]