Volcanic activity formed the three peaks of Kilimanjaro, millions of years ago. One of the volcanic cones, Shira, is now extinct and eroded. Mawenzi and Kibo, the other two peaks, blended together after subsequent eruptions. Kibo is now the highest, with the famous peak discussed yesterday, Uhuru.
It is not easy to believe that millions of years ago, the landscape of Kilimanjaro may have looked something like the activity that is shown in this video. This is an active volcano today.
Credit to US Geological Surveys
Edge of Lava Flow Mt Etna Picture shown at RIBI Conference Torquay
Uhuru Peak is the ultimate peak at 5 895 metres above sea level, of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the highest point on the planet, on any freestanding mountain.
I am so looking forward to stand on top of it, but for now I will have to post a picture of the highest point around here, which is Goatfell, on Arran. the third picture is Byne Hill in South Ayrshire.
Blessings Joy x
Tanzania, the country which plays host to the Kilimanjaro party, lies in the East of the African Continent. It has vast wilderness areas, including the plains of the Serengeti. It is one of the best places in the world to go on safari and try and catch a glimpse of the Big 5. It is also 1 of the countries where the wildebeest migrate. Now wouldn’t that be a wonderful sight to see?
Tanzania is not a country I have given a lot of thought to, as a holiday destination, but I am certainly looking forward to going there and experiencing all that it has to offer in the way of natural sights.
I cannot stop myself singing the words of a favourite song of mine, in the 80’s. Who remembers Toto’s “Africa”? If you need reminding, it’s here, enjoy.
How much thought do you give as to how you travel through life? Life is perpetual travel, even if we think we are still. Stillness is a travelling moment in itself,as we are still and observe those that are going around us. If we sit in quiet moments of meditation, we are hoping that a revelation will come that will move us on in our spiritual journey.
Cee’s Which Way Photography Challenge had me thinking of travels that I have taken in the past few years, and the photographs that I have taken along the way. My husband jokes that a half hour walk becomes 2 hours if I pick up my camera as we head out the door. In the moments of stillness before clicking the button, the brain is still frantically working, checking the composure of the picture.
These pictures were taken in Portugal, several years ago. I love taking pictures through arches. The destination gets revealed bit by bit as you walk through them. Enjoy
Exploring the hotel at cascais
How did they build these places?
Similarly, when climbing a hill, the destination is revealed to you bit by bit, and it is not uncommon to think you can see the top, only to find that as you climb, another “top” appears in the distance. This apparently is the case with Kilimanjaro, which has 3 apparent tops. When I reach the authentic one, will I find stillness there, with all my compatriot trekkers?
Enjoy your travels, wherever they take you today.
There are several routes to the Roof of Africa, as this map shows.
Routes to the Roof of Africa
The route that I will be taking, has been chosen for us by the travel company, as the one that has the most success route, which I consider a great plus point. After all these trips come at great cost, they are not your usual package holiday.
The Lemosho route is a quiter than most route, until the third day, when it joins another route up the mountain. It is quite possible that we will see wild animals and game on the early part of the trek. We have more time to become acclimatised, which sounds good to me, which comes at an added cost, as each day, adds to the expense of hiring porters, equipment etc, but for the better chance of reaching the top, who wouldn’t be happy with that? The way down is different to the way up. We come down using the Mweka Route, which is a descent route only.
After many years of hard work and study, my daughter finally handed in her dissertation today.
The smile on her face and her jumping says it all.
I am a proud Mamma Bear today, my smile is as big, but my jump not quite so high.
Wonder if she qualifies for the Jump for Joy Project
When it comes to climbing Kilimanjaro, there is a whole host of people supporting you, from the travel agents: 360 Expeditions in my case, to the porters who carry the tents, kit etc to make your climb more enjoyable. Can you imagine how difficult it would be, if not only did you have to do the trek, but also had to pitch and take down camp, had to cook all your own meals, as well as carry everything that enabled you to do that? Well they are things I won’t need to fret about, thanks to the porters.
My research into this trek has brought up some very surprising reading, one of these being the treatment that some porters have endured in the past. Thanks to a group called Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project public awareness has been raised into the conditions that they once worked under, and now they have access to proper clothing, cooked meals and minimum daily wages.
I now need to check that the company I am travelling with work within the guidelines of the Partner for responsible Travel Programme, that ensures the porters that will be helping us on our climb, are being well looked after.
Would you pay extra, knowing that the staff that surround you, each day, are being paid a living wage, and able to have access to proper equipment for thier job?
Carrying my own backpack up Goatfell
The opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro came about after inviting a speaker to my local Rotary Club for which I am the speaker secretary. He was talking about the plight of the property previously known as Malcolm Sargent House. This house provided holidays for children and their families affected by cancer of life-threatening illnesses. The charity was looking for a plot to build a new house, and Billy came along to give us an update. From this meeting, and a chance comment on facebook after I had climbed Goatfell, I took the opportunity to sign up for the Kilimanjaro trek. To be honest, I felt a bit of a crank, as I like a walk along a flat river bank, but climbing up to 5,895 metres, is not something I have contemplated before
As a result of commiting to climbing Kilimanjaro, I thought it might be a good idea to actually get some walking in, and more to the point, hill-walking. So I joined a local group in my area, called Opportunities in Retirement, or OiR. They have several walking groups, and any pictures of walks up hills that you may have seen in previous posts, are on a walking trip with them. I am most grateful to Andy, who leads the group that I am in at the moment. As I get fitter, and closer to the climb, I will increase the intensity, and hopefully the mountain walking group will let me join them.
Moshi is a town in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan Border. It is the town which is the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. It is overshadowed by Mt Kili, and where we get to spend a day or 2 looking out at what we have lying up ahead of us.
If you watched the video on K, then you too will have seen that life in Moshi is geared up for the trekkers that are setting off and returning from the Kili climb, with porters and provisions galore.
Come back in April 2020 when I will be able to tell you more about Moshi and my journeys there. If you have already been, then pointers as to what I shold be looking out for, will be welcome.
The route that our travel company, 360 Expeditions has chosen is the Lemosho Route, chosen for its maximum achievement rate. It is not the shortest, but it is the one which lets you acclimatise most easily, and makes altitude sickness less likely. Very good reasons to chose this route over the others. Who knows, maybe I will come back soon and do one of the more difficult routes, and take in the parts of the mountain that this route misses. There is a glimmer of hope that I may be back for my 60th Birthday, to tackle another view.
On the Lemosho Route at , 4624 metres above sea level we will come across the Lava Tower, which towers 100 metres into the air. It is a volcanic plug, which is what we have on our doorstep, just off the Ayrshire coast, which features in so many photographs, in the shape of Ailsa Craig.
Ailsa Craig: Volcanic Plug off the Ayrshire Coast
There are also remnants of volcanic action on our beaches. These pictures were taken of rock formations on the Ayrshire beaches.
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