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Elevation 5,895 metres (19,341 ft)
Location Tanzania
Range 5,885 m (19,303 feet)
Coordinates 03°04'33"S 37°21'12"E
First ascent 1889 by Hans Meyer, Ludwig Purtscheller, Yohanas Kinyala Lauwo
Our route Lemosho Glade
 

On July 4, 2006 Barbara Mallory age 55, Dan Mallory age 56, daughter Laura, age 18 and friend Carlos Rojo Solis age 19 arrived in Nairobi, Kenya to prepare to drive to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet – the highest mountain in Africa.

The biggest challenge to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is before you take the first step. There are no Canadian banks in Tanzania. Money is only accessible in large cities at ATM machines that limit the amount you can access daily per bank account to the equivalent of $375.00 U.S. in Tanzanian shillings. These shillings need to be converted to U.S. dollars at a high commission rate at banks or money exchangers at large hotels. Only new U.S. dollars printed after 1996 are acceptable so any money printed prior to that date that we brought from Canada was useless. Everyone wanted to be paid upfront and in cash for the car rental, outfitter’s fees, border fees, National Park fees etc.

The outfitter in Arusha informed us we would need one guide, one assistant guide, one cook, one assistant cook and 12 porters to be allowed into the park and they suggested 16 to 20 porters. There would be an extra fee to transport all the support staff to the mountain because it took 3 days to get all the money required for the park fees.

We left Arusha by van but encountered brake problems which had to be fixed on route and then had a flat tire. As a result, we arrived late at the park entrance and were advised by the park superintendent that it was too late for us to depart that day and we would have to remain there that night paying additional camping fees for ourselves and the support staff. Dan persuaded the official to allow us to begin our hike that afternoon.

We finally took our first step to climb Kilimanjaro arriving at forest camp in the dark but were relieved to be underway. Our route was the less traveled and more difficult Lemosho Glade route which has the very steep and challenging Baranco Wall to scale.

At the high camp, we arose at 11pm to start the summit attempt in the dark and arrived at the Uruhu summit on the crater rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro as the sun arose at about 5am.

Mt. Kilimanjaro summit

After overcoming the challenges of getting to the mountain, the actual climb was less significant. It was however a very worthwhile and scenic trek and seeing Mt. Kilimanjaro with reflective moonlight on its snow covered summit is an image to remember and with global warming will soon not exist.