Morning this is Don Carpenter calling with the
Alpine Ascents July 20th, Kilimanjaro Climb. It’s the morning of July 24th and
we are on the mountain. We’re waking up here at Machame Camp, we had a great
day yesterday, left the Arusha Hotel in the morning at about 8:00, had a
two-hour drive up the trailhead, got all situated, got our permits, met our
team and our guides, and started walking from Machame Gate up the trail. The
first day is up through the rain forest, and we actually had a beautiful
crystal clear day, and had some views of the mountain from a distance, so it
was a wonderful day of hiking. We rolled into Machame Camp here last night,
and had a beautiful evening, a big dinner, steaks and potatoes, and everyone
is doing great, and acclimatizing well, and enjoying the trip. We’re camped
here at 3,000m, about 10,000 feet, and we’re just waking up, we’re going to
have breakfast and then get on the trail towards Shira Camp, we’ll call you
tonight from Shira Camp, everybody’s doing well and we’ll talk to you soon,
Posted on July 23, 2012
Everyone on team #4 has arrived safely in Arusha. Today we began the trip with
a team breakfast followed by an orientation and gear check. After making sure
everyone had the proper gear for a climb of Kilimanjaro we had lunch and went
on a town tour of Arusha to see some of the local buildings, markets, and get
a taste of the local culture. After a break in the afternoon we went out to
dinner at a local restaurant and enjoyed a fantastic dinner just a few minutes
from our lovely colonial but modern hotel “The Arusha Hotel”. Tomorrow morning
we will head to the mountain to the Machame gate, where we will check in at
the national park, meet some of our Tanzanian staff and begin our first day of
hiking up to 10,000ft where we will spend our first night! We are all looking
forward to our climb during the next week and excited that we will be able to
share this experience with you all as we ascend to the roof of Africa! We will
be posting daily and also will be using a a tracking device to show you our
progress. Stay tuned as we come up with a clever team name, and make our way
up and down Kilimanjaro in the following week.
Talk to you soon,
Hey everyone it’s Calimanjaro here on
Kilimanjaro. It’s the 18th of July, about 8:20pm, and we are very happy to
report that everyone summited the mountain today. We were all on top at Uhuru
Peak by approximately 8:00 this morning, after 7-8 hours of climbing. We’re
now down at Millennium Camp, 12,000 feet for our last night on the mountain
and everyone is already in bed. We’re tired, we had a long day, but a great
day. Tomorrow we are going to head down to the Mweka Gate and back to Arusha
for some celebration, I’ll give you a call from there, thanks.
Hey all it’s Calimanjaro on Kilimanjaro. We’re
having a laughing attack at high camp, Kosovo, 15.600 feet, 6:20pm. (Laughter
and shouting in background) As you guys can tell we are having lots of fun and
we are getting ready to climb up to the roof of Africa. Everybody is doing
well, we are going to head to bed for a few hours, get up at 11 and walk at
midnight. Wish us a calm, lovely evening and we’ll give you a call from our
last camp on the descent tomorrow evening.
Hey all y’all it’s Calimanjaro! (Cheers) We’re here at Karanga Camp, elevation
13,300 feet above sea level. It’s the 16th of July, and we had a great day, we
just celebrated Joel’s Birthday (more cheers) and the General pulled out some
balloon tricks to keep us entertained for the evening. We had lots of downtime
this afternoon, after a long day yesterday and in preparation for moving up to
high camp tomorrow. We are going to attempt to get a good night’s sleep, our
last, before we go up to the roof of Africa, and tomorrow morning head up to
high camp, we all send our best back home. We will give you a call from Kosovo
Camp at 15,600 feet tomorrow, thanks for following along.
Hey folks its Calimanjaro here on Day 3, we are at Barranco Camp at 12,900
feet above sea level, and everyone is doing great. We had an awesome day
today, about 8.5-9 hours on the trail, pretty good weather and just finished a
nice big meal, and we are headed to bed, we’re bushed. Tomorrow we are going
to head to Karanga Camp for our shortest day of the trip, get ourselves set up
for our summit climb. Everyone send their best back home.
Hey all, it’s Team #2 here on Kilimanjaro! We
are no longer “Team #2″, we are now Calimanjaro, for the California contingent
in the group. We’re here at Camp 2, Shira Camp, 12,400 feet above sea level.
It is the 14th of July and we’re doing great. We had an awesome day today,
about 5 and a half hours on the trail, a bunch of downtime in camp, and we
just had a huge meal.
And with me, we have: General Gibbons, Ratatouille, Sunshine, Boogie, Ariel,
Token, Indie, Whirling Dervish, and El Jefe. Pretty soon we are headed to bed
for another good night’s sleep. Tomorrow is a long day for us to Baranco Camp.
We’ll give you a call from there.
Lala salama! ["Good Night" in Swahili]
The team headed out on Safari today, beginning with a flight Seronera in the
heart of Serengeti National Park.
We had an awesome climb and an awesome team this last week! My thanks,
gratitude and congrats to a wonderful group of folks. As with last season, we
brought along extra porter staff to remove excess garbage left behind by other
groups. Our team of 2 hardworking staff removed an extra 90 Kg of garbage
during the 7 days!
We are getting ready for team #2 here in Arusha, and we will depart for the
mountain on July 13th.
Team Uhuru Y’all Celebrates Their Climb In Arusha, Prepares to Embark on
Hey everybody it’s Kilimanjaro Team Uhuru Y’all, it’s the 10th of July at
about 10pm, and we are all here at the Bailey’s Hotel, enjoying a fine dinner
and celebration together after a successful climb.
That’s a team of happy climbers.
Tomorrow they are going to head out on Safari for a four night, three day trip
through Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Parks. And we’d like to
say thank you to our Tanzanian staff, and everybody here in Arusha and on the
mountain for an awesome climb. We’ll send one more cybercast, thanks for
following along everybody.
Team 1, Uhuru Y’all, Summits In Great Weather! Everyone Back Down Safely.
Posted on July 9, 2012 by alpineascents
Hey everyone it’s Uhuru Y’all, team #1 on Kilimanjaro. It’s the 9th of July,
Monday at about 6:30 pm and we had a great summit day today, awesome weather,
everybody did great. We are now down at our low camp on the mountain, at
Millennium, about 12,200 feet and we are going to have our last dinner here on
the mountain with our Tanzanian Crew, and tomorrow head on down to the Mweka
gate and out to Arusha so we can have our celebration dinner and get set up
for everyone to go on Safari. Uhuru would like to wish a happy birthday to
Julie and to let her know that we did it! Everyone is doing awesome and sends
their best back to everyone at home.
Team 1, Uhuru Y’all Heading to High Camp After Breakfast.
Posted on July 8, 2012 by alpineascents
Good Morning everybody it’s Uhuru Y’all here on Kilimanjaro. It is the morning
of the 8th of July at about 8:45 and we are just wrapping up breakfast and
headed up to high camp. Tonight we’ll be climbing to the roof of Africa and
we’ll give you a call after we make our ascent and reach our low camp, the
last night on the mountain. Thanks for following along.
Uhuru Y’all Reaches Karanga, Prepares for Summit Tomorrow Night.
Posted on July 7, 2012 by alpineascents
Hey everyone its Uhuru Y’all, it’s the 7th of July and we are currently at
Camp 4, Karanga, currently have some pretty high winds and a lot of dust, but
everyone is doing great. We had a short day to Karanga, today, lots of down
time, and we are getting ready to push up to high camp, and to the roof of
Africa, tomorrow night. So stay tuned for more.
Uhuru Y’all Heading To Bed At Barranco Camp After A Fantastic Day Of Climbing
Posted on July 6, 2012 by alpineascents
Hey everyone, it’s Uhuru Y’all, from Kilimanjaro… at 12,900 feet. We had a
fantastic day today, a lot of sunshine, calm weather. Everyone is doing well.
It was a very scenic day, up to about 15,000 feet, back down here to 12,900.
It’s just before 9 o’clock, everyone’s headed to bed. I’ve got some tired
climbers and we’re going to get a good night’s sleep. And hopefully we’ll have
some more beautiful weather tomorrow, the shortest day of the trip, on up to
Karanga Camp at 13,300 feet.
Everyone sends their best back home, Ciao for now!
Team 1, Uhuru Y’all, Enjoying Themselves At Camp 2
Posted on July 5, 2012 by alpineascents
Hey everyone, it’s Team #1 here on Kilimanjaro! It’s the 5th of July and we
are at Camp 2, Shira Camp (12,450 feet). Everybody is doing fannntastic! We’re
having a few phone difficulties, so we weren’t able to cybercast in last
night, apologize for that. But we wanted to let you know that we’re all
thinking of you, and we celebrated the 4th of July here, in Tanzania, on
So we’ve decided on a team name, we will no longer be Team #1, we are team
Uhuru Y’all. “Y’all” for the southern contingent in this group, and “uhuru”
means “freedom” in Swahili… so Uhuru Y’all.
Tomorrow we’re looking forward to another great day, weather looks fantastic
today. Tomorrow we’re going to climb up to about 15,000 feet, and then descend
down to Barranco Camp, which is one of our longer… Transmission ends.
Machame Camp Arrival
Posted on July 4, 2012 by alpineascents
Team 1 wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July! The team enjoyed the first day
trekking through the gorgeous rainforest from Machame Gate to Machame Camp. We
are working on a satellite phone problem that came up, but they did report
back that everyone is safe and happy celebrating the holiday.
Team 1 arrives in Arusha
Posted on July 3, 2012 by alpineascents
A warm greetings from Arusha Tanzania everyone. I arrived on Saturday to begin
the prep for our busy Summer 2012 season. Most of team 1 arrived fine last
night (Monday), with 1 member having arrived a few days earlier and enjoying
some relaxation African style. Everyone is excited to get to the mountain! 3
folks are still waiting on luggage from KLM, so keep your fingers crossed it
comes on the flight tonight!
Today we had our orientation here at the hotel, followed by gear checks, and a
walking town tour. Tonight we will enjoy our first dinner together as a team,
and hopefully a great nights sleep before we head out tomorrow for
Our first day of trekking will begin at the Machame gate, elevation 6,400′,
ending at Machame camp 10,000′ and about 6 hours. Most of tomorrow is under
the canopy of the rain forest, lush and beautiful.
We will be sending in a cybercast each day, so keep tuning in as we ascend to
the roof of Africa together.
All The Best!
Eric and Team #1
Team 1 - Departing 7/1/2012
Guide: Eric Murphy
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