The Team summits Kilimanjaro with the peak to themselves for pictures and a beautiful crescent moon smiling down at them!


Hi, this is John Hauf, Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Guide. I’m happy to say that everybody is safely back into our High Camp after summiting. It was really quite a pleasant, almost relaxing climb today.

We left at our standard midnight departure and moseyed on up. There were a couple of groups in front of us which was unusual; usually we’re the first ones out since we depart from Kosovo. But those groups stopped for a rest and we sort of went slow and steady past them and actually didn’t see them again.

There’re three folks and so we moved readily right along and everybody had a nice good pace. We took a couple of breaks along the way, but didn’t need too many and got up to Stella Point, still pretty dark. Also very nice about today’s climb was that it was quite warm. We were trying to guess the temperature when we were getting up towards Stella Point and we figured it was somewhere only just about freezing so no wind, beautiful crescent moon sort of smiling down at us from the east. It was really a nice night.

So we continued along after a little bit of hot cocoa at Stella and got to Uhuru, which is the highest point of the mountain at 5:56. Everybody had their fill of pictures. We were really the only ones up there. There were two other folks who had gotten up there before us that was all and they were departing as we got there. So we took some pictures and hung out for awhile and then eventually made our way down. And everybody zipped on down the scree fields and got back to camp quite early. So folks are taking a little bit of a nap right now. We’re going to be packing up and then we’ll head on down to Mweke.

So everybody’s happy and healthy and sends their greetings from the summit and I’m sure they’ll have plenty of stories for you.

kili summit shot Sarah Carpenter


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