Thursday, 10 January 2013

Keeping note on climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is such a unique experience that anyone who does so for the first time is likely to encounter a myriad of experiences from both the outstanding scenery and the challenge of the climb.

The best way to record these observations is to carry a small notebook or digital recorder to record these observations throughout the day. Most writers have lost excellent ideas or observations for failing to immediately record what is remembered.
A view from inside my tent at Crater Camp of part of Furtwängler Glacier on my first ascent in August 2008. Crater Camp is the highest camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro, located at 5,790m above sea level. 
The long treks from camp to camp do not only provide outstanding scenery, but they also tend to induce moments of reflection that cannot be found in other settings, in the office or at home. These moments are worth recording for anyone who is searching for a complete record of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

I normally record the day's observations when I retire to my tent at the end of a day's trek. I have carried a digital recorder during a few of my climbs but at high altitudes and under extreme weather conditions the batteries of the recorder do not last for long.

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