Mt Kilimanjaro Expedition 1978
5 day climbing safari.
Gillman's Point 5650m (18,640ft) - 6th January 1978
80 Km trek each way to the highest point in Africa.
"Three days up, two down"
Base camp in grounds
of Marangu Hotel
The gate-house at Marangu
A tropical rain forest stroll
The first hut (Mandara) at 2600m
The last trees at around 3000m
A moorland rest stop
Mawenzi Peak (summit 5120m)
Second hut (Horombo) at 3700m
Giant groundsel everywhere
Last water + oxygen at half-ration
Across the saddle, at 4500m, between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks
A moonscape portrait
The third and final hut (Kibo) at 4680m
Glacial scree rising 960m for 3.3Km
Final near-vertical climb up to crater rim
The summit, Uhuru Peak, is 210m higher and
1.5Km around the rim to the left.
John Reader wrote in his book Kilimanjaro in 1980: "I had taken five and a half hours to reach the crater rim and the climb left me devoid of all sensation except a compelling tiredness. There was no sense of achievement, no exhilaration, no energy, no enthusiasm to do anything, no desire for anything except a lot more oxygen. I stretched out in a warm sheltered spot, put my hat over my face and fell asleep". Although I could not put it better I did manage to continue a little further to take this photograph of my companions below.
Looking down on the way back
Back to the second hut for the night
Back at base camp
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