Mount Kilimanjaro Summit: We Did It!

Made it to Uhuru Peak at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro - Tanzania
At Uhuru Peak, the Top of Mount Kilimanjaro!!

We did it! We climbed all the way to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters/19,340 feet), the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. More importantly, our whole group of five made it. Talk about an awesome feeling.

We’ll be posting more photos and stories later from our climb. Trust us, there are lots. But for now, it’s time for a celebratory Kilimanjaro beer with the group. And some rest.

Disclosure: Our tour to Tanzania is in cooperation with Gap Adventures as Wanderers in Residence. The opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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Comments

  1. Valerie says

    BRAVI BRAVISSIMI!! What a wonderful achievement for you both :) Lovely picture of you both! Blessings!!

  2. says

    I still haven’t really been able to post about it (did it in 2009) because it is so emotional to me. Most difficult and best thing I have ever done in my life. So happy that both of ya’ll made it.

  3. says

    Amazing, congratulations! And now for the rest of your lives, you’ll be able to say, Yeah, we did that! Looking forward to reading your stories about the journey :D

  4. says

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations, Audrey and Daniel!

    Our family has yet to travel to Africa, but we are thinking perhaps next summer. (This summer, we are off on a 2-month journey to Alaska–starting tomorrow.) Namibia looks enticing to us . . . but we have not ruled out other countries, including Tanzania. We look forward to reading about your experiences there!

  5. says

    Fantastic!! Last autumn I reached the Everest Base Camp so I can understand most of the feelings – especially the altitude sickness matters! You even went a few hundred meters higher than me!

  6. Sutapa Chattopadhyay says

    Congratulations!! Lovely weather and great photo too! Can’t wait to see your photos (of Kilimanjaro) next.

  7. Don says

    Congrats and many kudos to a great team on a wonderful accomplishment. Have that beer and rest on your laurels a bit. Some proud folks from steamy northeast Pennsylvania are cheering you guys again.

  8. says

    Awesome!!! Congrats on beating Mount Kilimanjaro! Was the climb scary at all? I’m kind of afraid of heights, but I want to go up a mountain where the path is fairly safe…any comments on the climb up itself, or even some pics would be great. I bet the beer went down nicely after a climb like that!

  9. Miso says

    I envy you but at the same time I am happy for you. Traveling is the best thing a man (and woman!) can do in life

  10. says

    Some personal responses below, but first a very belated thanks to everyone for your thoughts and really kind words of support.

    We’ve begun writing about our Kilimanjaro climb, focusing on the personal growth lesson side of things:
    http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2011/06/climbing-kilimanjaro-life-lessons/

    In the next couple of days, all the practical information and photos will follow.

    @Megan: We were blessed with unbelievable weather. Not a drop of rain the whole way. The summit night was very cold, but not unbearable. The sunrise through Stella Point and to the top at Uhuru Peak was a treat. For all this, I’m really grateful.

    @Robin: Did I really betray it that much? Kidding, I know.

    @Yan: Thanks. Am looking for ways to get to SF sooner rather than later. Will keep you posted!

    @David: Thanks. Southeast Asia (and KL) is like a second home-hub for us. We’ll definitely plan things next time through so we can spend more time.

    @Michael: I hear you. Emotions rising, all the way to the top. Now I understand.

    @faheem: No flag. Didn’t think of it really. And at the end of the day, we’re all citizens of the world, aren’t we?

    @Faith: Wow, you are so right! Two weeks later, it still feels fresh. And I have this feeling that every so often I’m going to say to myself “Yeah, we did that!”

    @Kathy: Sounds like a great trip. One of the women in our Kilimanjaro group spend a couple of months working in Namibia and loved it. As for Tanzania, it’s been great. Kili, the safaris and Zanzibar. Keep checking back over the next two weeks or so because we are going to write all about our experiences and post photos of cheetahs eating gazelles!

    @Fabio: We hiked the Annapurna Circuit a couple of years ago (5415m) and it was challenging enough. The thing that makes the typical Kilimanjaro ascent so tricky is that it happens so rapidly. For us, from trailhead to top, we spent only 66 hours in our ascent. Astonishing to consider, as I count the couple of days on my fingers.

    @Sherry: As I mentioned to Megan, the weather was amazing. Not sure who ordered it, but we were glad to benefit from it. Certainly helped that we summited without rain.

    @TG: Our Kilimanjaro climb wasn’t scary at all and was totally safe. It was a challenge for sure, but doable. When we returned to our hotel after the climb, we shared a few beers with our porters and guides. For that, we were all thankful. If you are looking for photos, check out: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/photos/set/72157626844466327/page1/

    As for comments on the climb, stay tuned for a few lessons we learned, a day-by-day progression, and practical information on the climb.

  11. says

    @Elise: Thanks! The view from Uhuru Peak was exceptional. We must have been expecting less because we were really impressed, particularly with the glaciers that still remain.

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