Kilimanjaro is the highest
mountain in Africa, located in northeast Tanzania, near the Kenya border.
Kilimanjaro is an extinct volcano, and is one of the most massive in the
world. It towers 5000m above the surrounding plains, and much of its surface
is over 5500m Beneath its ice dome, snow extends down long gullies that have
been eroded in the mountain sides. It was only 'discovered' by explorers from
the west in 1848.
Kilimanjaro's summit crater, known as Kibo, measures nearly one kilometre
across. The highest point on Kibo's steep rim is Uhuru, the highest peak in
Africa, at 5895m. Deep in the center of Kibo is a smaller , 200m crater. The
summit was successfully climbd for the first time in 1889 by Meye and
David Lim, the
project organiser, had the germ of an idea to undertake a climbing expedition
with an all-disabled team of mountaineers in Oct 2000; subsequent to a UIAA
General Assembly that he attended. The intention of the climb was to highlight
the abilities, rather than the disabilities of people burdened with handicaps.
The project moved along with
members invited and objectives sifted through. Ultimately, an unsupported
climb on one of Kilimanjaro's remote northern icefields was selected. Very few
recorded ascents are known and almost no information on these routes are
available online. The ascent was to have taken place in Jan 2003 but personal
issues in the team led to the project postponed by another year.
The team will rendezvous in
Nairobi, with Jamie Andrew flying from Britain and the rest of the team from
Tasmania and Singapore.
The team will take a route
via the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Arrow Glacier/ Western Breach
area. This is part of the classic Shira route. A total of 9 climbing days have
been allocated ( versus the usual six days ) to allow for route-finding and
the fact that members of the climbing team are disabled. The team hopes to
climb unsupported on the final four days from the terminus of either the Penck
Glacier systems or the Credner Glacier. See the possible route options above.
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