Kilimanjaro ClimbIn February of 2012, I joined five other folks on a trip to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and to raise money for the Global Alliance for Africa Library Program, specifically to support the GAA Library in Kibosho, Tanzania at the foot of the mountain.
Global Alliance for Africa, Library Program• Global Alliance for Africa works with schools, students, teachers and volunteers to raise funds to build libraries, collect books and provide educational materials for community libraries/resource centers throughout East Africa. Global Alliance’s libraries primary focus is on providing educational resources to orphans and other vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS as a foundation for them to rise out of poverty.• In 2009, Park Ridge Cares raised money to build a library in Kibosho, Tanzania.• Our climb was dedicated to raising more money to support the Kibosho Library.• If you would like to donate to the Kibosho Library go to www.globalallianceafrica.org. Click on “view existing campaigns” find “Kibosho Library” and click “view” then follow the prompts to donate.• Or send a check to Global Alliance for Africa, 703 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60661. Be sure to put Kibosho Library in the memo line.
GAA Library in Kibera, Nairobi, KenyaAfter arriving in Nairobi, Kenya we visited the GAA Library in Kibera slum (home to close to 1 million). The Library also houses a GAA microloan cooperative.
Kibera LibraryTwo High School boys studying in the Library on Sunday!
Visit to Kitengela GlassLocated west of Nairobi in the bush, Kitengela Glass uses all recycled glass to make stained glass, mosaics, and blown glass
Starting off on Day 2Walking through the Moorland climate zone.
Ten days after a wildfireYou can already see the grasses coming back. Most of the shrubs seem to be too heavily burned to recover.
Guides From L to R. Issa Ishaku, Guide; KalidiMkumbwa, Asst Guide; Iddi Njaritta, Chief Guide
On the Trail, Day 3With Mt Mawenzi in the background.
Acclimatization Climb, Day 3From our camp in the Mawenzi Tarn (14,206’), we hiked up over15,000’ and then back down to camp to help us get used to the altitude. This is Bill Baty, my tent mate/roommate.
Morning of Day 4That’s frost on the trekking pole handles!
Kili view, morning of Day 4We’ve been hiking for 3 days and it still looks so far away and SO tall! Yikes!
Into the Arctic desert zone, Day 4 Rock hopping anyone?
Across the saddleHeading for Kibo Base Camp. Hey, this isn’t so hard.! Air getting a bit thin though.
Kibo Base Camp above the cloudsThis is where climbers from all four of the trails meet to prepare for their final ascent.
Looking up to the summitEarly dinner, to bed around 6PM to rest to get up at midnight for the final ascent.
Mawenzi from Base CampJust before turning in for a few hours of rest we were treated to this spectacular view of Mt Mawenzi.
Final AscentBegan our final ascent in the dark at midnight. Nopictures, totally focused on breathing and putting one foot in front of the other.
View of the trailThat’s right, that light line straight up in the center of the picture.
The morning after! Day 5I turned around with only 300 meters (vertical) or 1 hour to go to make Gillmans Peak. (438 meters short of Uhuru Peak).That’s Judy and John in the background. They both made it to Gillmans Peak.
Descending on the Marangue RouteAfter coming down from the summit, we rested fora few hours and then got up and hiked seven miles down to Horombo Camp.
FarewellAt the end of Day 5 we gathered with all the guides and porters to say our farewells. The guides and porters are singing to us in this picture.
Our farewell songCall and response. Jambo, Jambo, Pole, Pole, Mambo Poa, Mambo Poa, Poa, Poa. (with a few pathetic dance moves!)
Guides and AssistantsL to R. Kalidi, Iddi, Alli, Anwari, Issa, Nassoro. Jen looking on.