Friday, May 31, 2013

Mt. Kilimanjaro as seen from Longido

While on a study tour of the Cultural Tourism Enterprise at Longido near the Kenyan border in February 2011, I woke up and looked through the window and saw a silhouette of a mountain against the rising sun. Having taken an interest in mountains and mountaineering in recent years since I first climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2008 I took out my camera and as I held it up against the window of my guest house bedroom two children who were walking with pails on their way to fetch water, a boy and a girl, came into view on my viewfinder and the boy shouted at me saying, “That’s a very bad habit.”
Mt. Kilimanjaro as seen from Longido.
I did not respond, but angrily waved him to rush out of my camera’s sight and took this photo. It was only after I observed the photo days later did I realize I had a photo of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had never observed the mountain from the western side as far west as Longido.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The sherpas of Mt. Kilimanjaro

The Sherpas of Mt. Kilimanjaro are known as wagumu, Swahili for tough ones.

There is little dispute that they are engaged in strenuous work, carrying heavy loads of food, tents, and equipment for the mountain climbing expeditions. It takes only a pass through some of the tough sections of the climb, for example, the Breakfast Climb from Barranco to Karanga camp, for any novice trekker carrying a much lighter day pack, to realize that the wagumu are indeed of a different breed.

They soon leave behind the groups of trekkers led on a slower pace by the mountain guides as they rush with the heavy loads to the next destination to set up the tents and meals for the trekkers.
Kibo peak is seen behind a group of Kilimanjaro porters, posing with two trekkers, on the last day of an expedition at Mweka Camp. Photo courtesy: Dmitry.
The tough work invariably engenders a lavish spending spree after each successive expedition. On receiving their pay, the majority of the Kilimanjaro porters are said to spend their money excessively on drinking binges. A barmaid in Moshi told me recently that he has seen many who drink their entire earnings in a matter of hours and then inflict wounds on themselves and stagger back to their homes to lie to their wives they were mugged.

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http://blogkili.blogspot.com/2011/01/the-mwalimu-nyereremt-kilimanjaro_2.html

Friday, May 17, 2013

Jaffar Amin is now a member of the Kilimanjaro Club

The Kilimanjaro Club lists people I know who have scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, including those who join me every year on the annual Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb and those who join me for my non-charity climbs. 
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When Jaffar Amin visited Butiama in April 2009 I mentioned to him my annual charity climb: The Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb and he said he would join me for my next climb.

Eventually we set off on the Lemosho route on 7th December 2010 and reached the summit on the morning of 13th December.
On the first day of our trek at Londrossi Gate, with me (left), Jaffar Amin (center), and our guide, Yahoo.
He becomes the seventh member of the Kilimanjaro Club. The updated list is:
    No.
    Name
    Nationality
    Age
    Point Reached*
    Summit Date
    1.
    Madaraka Nyerere
    Tanzanian
    48
    Uhuru Peak
    24th August 2008
    2. 
    Le Huyhn
    Vietnamese
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    25th August 2008
    3.
    Markus Geiger
    Swiss
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    2009
    4.
    Gerald Hando
    Tanzanian
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    6 October 2009
    5.
    Notburga Maskini
    Tanzanian
    49
    Stella Point
    6 October 2009
    6.
    Dmitry
    Russian(?)
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    13 December 2010
    7.
    Jaffar Amin
    Ugandan
    44
    Uhuru Peak
    13 December 2010
    *A climber is awarded a certificate for reaching one of three elevations: Uhuru Peak (5,895 AMSL), Stella Point (5,745 AMSL), or Gillman's Point (5,685 AMSL).
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dmitry is the latest member of the Kilimanjaro Club

The Kilimanjaro Club lists people I know who have scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, including those who join me every year on the annual Mwalimu Nyerere/Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb and those who join me for my non-charity climbs. 
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On 13th December 2010, during my third ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I reached Stella Point at an altitude of 5,756m just before sunrise with Solomon, my mountain guide, and met Dmitry with his two guides, one of whom was Freddy. Both of our teams reached Uhuru Peak at around the same time just after 7:00 that morning.
At Stella Point, Dmitry (right) and Freddy, his guide (left) with another guide.
At the summit, I handed my camera to Dmitry and asked him to take a photo of the event of the day as I shook hands with my guide Solomon (right). 
  The updated list of the Kilimanjaro Club is:


    No.
    Name
    Nationality
    Age
    Point Reached*
    Summit Date
    1.
    Madaraka Nyerere
    Tanzanian
    48
    Uhuru Peak
    24th August 2008
    2. 
    Le Huyhn
    Vietnamese
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    25th August 2008
    3.
    Markus Geiger
    Swiss
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    2009
    4.
    Gerald Hando
    Tanzanian
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    6 October 2009
    5.
    Notburga Maskini
    Tanzanian
    49
    Stella Point
    6 October 2009
    6.
    Dmitry
    Russian(?)
    Unknown
    Uhuru Peak
    13 December 2010
    *A climber is awarded a certificate for reaching one of three elevations: Uhuru Peak (5,895 AMSL), Stella Point (5,745 AMSL), or Gillman's Point (5,685 AMSL).
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