Photos from the group’s cameras and cell phones, credits in meta tags.
It’s always great to get other’s perspectives instead of relying on what I see in my camera lens!
Welcome to Tanzania
The staff at the local Indian/Italian (crazy mix eh?) restaurant in Moshi get creative on Ashley’s coffee.
Fresh and Ready
The group looks so fresh and ready here!
Only 3 hours into our hike, we still all look fresh and ready.
Always reliable for the data – time, temperature, altitude, distance, good looks.
Clay and Ashley at Big Tree Camp
The man himself
Crepes, orange, bananas, hard boiled eggs, our first breakfast during our hike.
Still fresh into our trip, with everybody looking energetic and excited
Dave did a great job capturing our meals, this is yet another wonderful meal prepared by our chef Eric
Ducks in a Row
I’m not sure what the Swahili name for these was, but I think I know them as Pakoras or Samosas
Nemes gets jiggy with it, while Joseph remains stoic as always. What a great group to have with us on the mountain!
Normally I don’t eat potatoes, but Eric did quite a number on these.
Dave got this great shot of a Giant Lobelia core.
Porters did a resupply run from Moshi, bringing fresh meals up to us.
We’re all still smiling among the Giant Lobelias
It looks like I’m taking astrophotography shots here.
Dave and Ashley posting in front of the mountain
One of me
Very few photos of me out there
I won’t explain this photo, the group knows what it is 🙂
Deep in Thought
A great shot of Ashley during some downtime. The yellow tent really jacks up the white balance, hence the black and white (which works well here)
This is what you come back to if you go for an afternoon hike while your tent-mate decides to do some laundry…
Clay does a mid-week sponge bath in a small water basin.
Yet another meal shot from Dave
Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No, No!
I have so many Austin Powers captions for this photo that I just have to sit back and let crowdsourcing come up with one here.
Now this picture just screams fun! Everybody has to do the mandatory "jump in the air" photo on a climb like this.
Freshly made brownies with watermelon.
Notice how cold everyone looks in this photo, and we’re only at 15,000 feet!
When Ya Gotta Go…
Making the best use of the hole-in-the-floor "Tourists Toilets"
It looks like Halloween came early this year
We always had a freshly popped plate of popcorn waiting for us when we made it to camp in the afternoon.
Monstrous crows were everywhere on the mountain
Going to sleep at Barafu Camp, already down to 23 degrees at 15,000 feet. The coldest I saw was 8 degrees at Crater Camp at 18,500 feet, which was probably -30 wind chill with the crazy wind up there.
Our guides had us check our oxygen saturation morning and night. Starting somewhere between 96 and 99%, we could see our saturation drop as we gained altitude. It’s also interesting to see your heart rate go up to try to provide more oxygen to your body, usually I’m around 47-55 resting and my resting rate was in the 80s at altitude.
Clay watching his oxygen saturation drop. Despite being healthy, in shape, and having done other high altitude climbs, he was the unlucky one of the group with low saturation throughout the climb. Always fun to watch a doctor self-diagnose themself!
You need to make life friends that will climb a mountain with you and make awesome photos like this with you!
Watching the clouds roll off the mountain like the pipe on a good surf wave.
Ready for the Conquest
I’m looking pretty scrubby here with my mountain man beard. This got shaved the minute I got back to civilization.
In Front of the Glaciers
Posing in front of the glaciers
Dave at the Top
A great shot of Dave at the Kilimanjaro summit.
I pose by myself for a summit shot.
Pretty at the Peak
Ashley poses with the Kili summit sign
The Whole Team
Our entire team including Nemes, Joseph, and Gaudence.
Clay got this great panorama of us trekking from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak
Nemes points out an item of interest on the Furtwangler Glacier
I don’t want to know
I’m hoping that Clay is taking a photo here.
Blue Man Group
Clay is his own Blue Man Group on this wall of blue ice at the Furtwangler Glacier
At the Furrwangler
I pose in front of the west wall of the Furtwangler Glacier. Amazing colors and hue, and the sheer immensity of this chunk of ice sitting on a dry dusty volcanic cone is a wonder in isself.
The guides collect meltwater from the Furtwangler Glacier to make water for their clients at Crater Camp
Ashley got an amazing shot out of her tent at Barafu Camp
A Morning Cup’A’Joe
Ashley’s morning view from Barafu Camp as she waits for us to come down from Crater Camp
Clay and Ashley look VERY happy to be heading back to civilization.
Our signatures in the "heading to the summit" log book
Duku La Dawa
African women in Moshi in traditional dress
This isn’t CVS
Quite a difference between American pharmacies and African pharmacies.
Normally I don’t like to be caught on camera…
I’m Dying Here…
Pretty sure he’s clinically dead…
Our Happy Ending
When in Rome, drink Roman beer.
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