Kilimanjaro Climb Day 4: Lava Tower

It’s day 4 of our 8 day climb. Today we head up to the Lava Tower at 15,200ft for an acclimatization hike, before heading down to Barranco Camp to spend the night. We’re up early to get a head start on everyone else headed this way today (as this is where the Lemosho Route meets…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 3: Above the Clouds

This is a pretty easy day for us. We cross the relatively flat Shira Plateau, gaining only about 1000 ft, most of it at the end. With views like this, how can you not start the day in good spirits? At one of our breaks, I take pictures of Amy and our guides. They are such…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 2: The Shira Plateau

Day 2 takes us up into the moorlands of Kilimanjaro. It’s much longer (6 hours) and more challenging hike than day 1, so we get an early start. I didn’t sleep well the night before, and I realize it’s because I was still wearing the same sweaty clothes I arrived to camp in so I…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 1: Into The Jungle

Oh my gosh this is it. It’s here. Our first day of our climb up Mt Kilimanjaro! We’ve been planning and training for this trip for over a year, so it’s really hard to believe that we’re actually heading to the mountain to begin climbing it today. We’re meeting our guide Innocent at 830am, so…

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Our Kilimanjaro Climb…An Overview

If you’re looking for a general overview of my climb up Mt Kilimanjaro, this is the post for you. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, or post a ton of photos, but I will give a brief description of each day, and a link to each post (eventually) for more detail…

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We Made It!!

After 7 days of hiking, 42 miles covered and 13,000ft gained (total, not counting the ups and downs), we made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro! It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Amazingly, I barely felt any affects of the altitude, with the exception of how hard it was to breathe. Thank…

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Exploring Moshi

Today we explore the town of Moshi, located at the base of Kilimanjaro. We stayed last night in the Springlands Hotel, which is owned by Zara Tours, the company we are doing our climb with. The rooms are basic and the walls are thin, but the grounds are beautiful and they have pretty much everything…

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A Few Hours in Dar es Salaam

You guys. We’re really doing this. We made it to Tanzania. Both of us and all our stuff. We were worried some of our luggage might not make it and we would end up without our climbing gear. But we worry no more. After what feels like a million hours, but is really only 24,…

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Kili Training Hikes: Poo Poo Point

This is it! Our very last hike before we leave! I can’t believe it’s really here! We wanted to do something fairly easy, but still get a work out in. Poo Poo Point fit the bill! It’s 3.6 miles each way and 1800’ elevation, it was the perfect level of difficulty for us to taper….

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Kili Training Hikes: McClellan Butte

It’s almost here! With only 2 weeks left before we fly out, I back up to the mountains for my last big training hike. I’ve done McClellan Butte before, but it was raining and cold and there was still snow at the top. Amy was out of town this weekend so I went with my…

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To Tanzania We Go!

It’s here! I can’t believe that, after a year and a half of planning, training, talking and obsessing, I’m finally on my way to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa! We arrive Thursday night in Dar Es Salaam, fly to Kilimanjaro on Friday and begin our ascent on Sunday! Whenever possible, I will…

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Monterey Part 2: Big Sur, Napa Valley

Back to Moneterey for round 2! This time I went with my parents, so the whole family was along for the ride. Kody (my brother) was getting ready to move back to Seattle, so we were there for one last visit, to help him pack and whatever else needed to be done. It really is a…

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