- Everyday a highlight, a challenge achieved reaching each camp, peak in altitude until the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5895m. A highlight was the transition between all the different types of vegetation, microclimates and landscapes, going from the lowlands of subtropical Moshi, to the rainforest, then moorland and heather where trees start to disappear for less vegetation and fewer plants. After the semi-desert, comes the arid landscape of the summit, with intense sunlight, cold some snow and ice. With ten hours walk through the night from the last camp on summit day, the most memorable moment was approaching Uhuru peak, walking still very slowly, tired, and seeing the green post from far. Flashing back memories of all the efforts, realising that we all made it to the very top of Africa and it was all so worth it. Another memorable moment was the singing and dancing of the crew, the whole group and others joining in and the tour leader sharing the upbeat spirit of their culture.Lovely Whitey, always positive, happy, encouraging and so passionate about Kili. He has reached the summit more than 150 times, so much experience and stories to share.
Published on: 12 March 2016