Hey all ya’all! Uhuru, ya’all are you following
along? That was for you We are all doing great. The photo is Team 5 enjoying
our welcome dinner after a day of orientation and organizing. Rich’s bag
showed up from Ethiopian Air, so we are all in a great position to head to
It is a great pleasure to be back to Kilimanjaro with Ron Farb and his team,
supporting the Climb For Cancer Foundation in Gainesville, Florida!
We will be calling in from each camp on the mountain.
Asante! Usiku Mwema!
Eric and Team 5
Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in for the
Mountain Simbas, Team #4 here on Kili. We’re doing great, had another great
day today, fantastic weather. We left Shira Camp this morning and hiked
towards Barranco Camp, which is where we are at right now, at about 12,800
feet. We left Shira Camp at about 12,500, we’ve gained a few hundred feet of
elevation, and along the way on the trail today we actually went up to about
14,800 feet. So we are helping acclimatize as we ascended up, kind of
stressing our bodies a little bit and coming back down and sleeping low.
Everybody did great today with the altitude as we ascended up, a few small
headaches and just some minor altitude issues, but now that we are back down
here we are doing well.
Just finished up a great dinner and everybody is off to bed. Today is our
longest day, it’s about 7-8 hours of hiking and after lunch we split up into a
couple of different groups, a couple of people opted to go just slightly
higher, and part of the group decided just to go kind of straight towards
camp, which was great, we all got great acclimatization, so it worked out well
for everybody. Part of the group though, we went up to the Lava Tower option,
we ascended a few hundred extra feet and went up a little bit of a rock climb,
up the Lava Tower, got up to the top and had some nice views up there. It was
a great time and came back down and made it back to Barranco Camp before too
For the most part everyone is doing well, just a little quiet tonight, but
tomorrow will be our shortest day, up to Karanga Camp. We will actually hike
and get all the way into camp before we have lunch, so it will be just about a
3-4 hour hike tomorrow. Doing great, everyone says hello back home to family
and friends and we’ll let you know how tomorrow goes, but we are doing very
well and looking forward to gaining more elevation here on the mountain and
working towards the summit here in the next couple days. We will talk to you
soon, Mountain Simbas signing off.
Hey! This is Don Carpenter with the July 20th Kili expedition and it is
currently July 26th, it’s 6:30 in the evening here on Mount Kilimanjaro. We’ve
had another great day. We had our normal morning routine with hot drinks at
6:30, packing up, breakfast a little after 7:00, and then we were on the go
just after 8am this morning. Headed out of camp, and climbed the great
Barranco Wall, a steep climb but everybody did great. It involved some rock
scrambling, but then we topped out in the sun. From there we crossed through a
couple of river valleys and pushing through the Karanga… (transmission cuts
out) final climb up the half and here we are at the Karanga Camp (at 4000
meters, just over 13,000 feet).
So for the last three nights we’ve camped at about the same elevation,
allowing everyone to acclimatize and everybody’s feeling well. So we rolled
into camp midday today, around 1:00 and had some time to take naps and read,
and we’re waiting on dinner. We’re having dinner at 7:00 and then tomorrow we
move to high camp. So everyone’s doing well and looking forward to getting on
up to high camp.
So we will talk to you from high camp tomorrow! Bye!
Good morning! This is Don Carpenter with the Kilimanjaro July 20th trip and
it’s the morning of July 26th, about 6:30 in the morning. We’re up here at
Barranco… (transmission cuts out) allows us to acclimatize and test the high
altitude. Doing well, and doing good. We’re waking up this morning below the
Barranco Wall. We have a steep climb out of camp this morning, and a
relatively short day and we’ll have some time to rest when we get into camp
Everybody’s doing well, we’re looking out over and above us (transmission
choppy) we can see the upper mountain above us and looking out on the clouds….
(transmission cuts out).
Hi Everyone! It’s about 10:30 PM here in Arusha, on Wednesday night. It has
been a busy week! Teams 3 & 4 are on the mountain and Team 5 has now all
arrived here to Arusha. We are only missing 1 bag, and are hopeful that it
will arrive tomorrow during orientation day.
Tomorrow will be filled with organization, gear checks, town tour, and our
first dinner as a team together. We head to Kilimanjaro on Friday the 27th for
our first day’s walk from the Machame gate (elevation 6,450 feet) to Machame
Camp (10,000 feet), about 6 miles and 5-6 hours, entirely in the lush and
beautiful forest zone belt of the mountain. We will give you a shout from our
Thanks for following along!
Hello everyone! This is Ben calling in with Kilimanjaro Team #4, or now known
as “The Mountain Simbas”. Simba is the Swahili word for lion, so we are The
Mountain Simbas now. We’re doing great, we are at our second camp here at
Shira Camp, up on the Shira Plateau, in between Shira and Kibo, which is
Kilimanjaro. So we had a beautiful view out towards Shira, and a beautiful
sunset here today. We’re up at about 12,500 feet, and everybody is feeling
pretty good. We got some slight headaches here, since we just jumped up to
12,000 feet, but people are taking care of themselves, drinking lots of water,
which will help. We’ll spend tomorrow night just a little bit higher, that
will help people acclimatize a little bit more before we head up higher on the
Everybody is doing pretty good though and having fun. It was a great day,
another beautiful day here. We had some fog roll in, in the early morning, but
for the most part it was a nice sunny day, got beautiful views out towards the
mountain up toward the peak and out towards the plains as well. Tomorrow we
will be heading towards the mountain and starting the traverse around the
mountain and we’ll be staying at Barranco Camp tomorrow evening. It’s a
beautiful camp looking up towards the Barranco Wall, and up towards the top of
We’ll let you know how tomorrow goes, but one shout out, Nicole wanted to
thank her mom for the camera. That was a personal shout out from Nicole, and
everybody else is having fun, missing their families and says hello back home.
We’ll talk to you tomorrow.
Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in with Kilimanjaro team #4. We are doing
great, we are at the first camp at around 10,000 feet, we got up here just a
few hours ago, this afternoon, on a beautiful sunny day as we hiked through
the jungle. Everybody did fantastic today and is feeling really good up here.
We just finished dinner, and we’re getting tucked into our tents here. And
we’ll wake up at around 6:30 tomorrow morning and pack up, have breakfast, and
head on up to Shira Camp tomorrow (it’s just over 12,000 feet).
So we’re moving up quickly here and doing fantastic, doing great, everybody
misses everyone back home and says “hello”. And tomorrow we will be moving
here from Machame Camp up to Shira Camp. So we’ll let you know how tomorrow
goes, it was a beautiful day all day today, and talk to you soon tomorrow.
Hello this is Don Carpenter with the July 20th, Kili Climb. And we’re here at
Shira Camp, up on the Shira Plateau, looking off at the upper cone of the
mountain. So we had another beautiful day, good hike, it’s a steep climb out
of our last camp, and everybody did really well, up that steep climb and then
the trail backs off a little bit as we approach the Shira Plateau. We rolled
into camp mid-afternoon, had some time to relax, and had some tea and popcorn,
and then some more time to relax before dinner. We just had a great dinner,
rice, vegetables, and beef stroganoff.
Everybody’s doing well, feeling good, it’s about a little after 8:00 right now
and everybody is getting ready to crawl into bed. It’s a crystal clear night,
the stars are out, and we are ready for another good day of hiking tomorrow.
So everybody’s doing well and we’ll talk to you soon.
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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