Ascent of Kilimanjaro on 2010-01-12

Climber: Tom Kiffmeyer

Others in Party:John Haight
Date:Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
    Elevation:5895 m / 19341 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed the 6 day (includes descent)Machame--Mweka Route to the Summit of Kilimanjaro. We encountered nearly every type of weather condition, except sun, on the climb. Basically it was 6 days of rain, freezing rain, and snow. When we began the summit attempt, however, the skies were clear and the stars were indescribably beautiful. It was the most striking sight that I have ever seen! Nevertheless, well before we reached Stella Point (where you are supposed to see the most awe-inspiring sunrise on the planet) we were in a blizzard. This blizzard lasted until we were a considerable distance down the Mweka Trail. Though we did not know it at the time, we crossed paths with actress Jessica Biel and her group. They summitted shortly after we did. i am not certain as to the distances up and down--the descent is a short, straight shot down so its about 37-38 miles up and 12-13 miles down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4068 m / 13344 ft
    Elevation Loss:4095 m / 13435 ft
    Distance:80.5 km / 50 mi
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
Blizzard conditions on Uhuru Peak
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4068 m / 13344 ft
    Distance:59.5 km / 37 mi
    Trailhead:Machame  1827 m / 5997 ft
    Time Up:4 Days 12 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4095 m / 13435 ft
    Distance:20.9 km / 13 mi
    Trailhead:Mweka  1800 m / 5906 ft
    Time Down:1 Days 12 Hours 

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