MT. KILIMANJARO CLIMB
 
The following photos are a combination of 2 trips; one taken on my own in June of 1996 and one trip I had organized for faculty and students at Longwood University in 1998.
  
The photo on the left marks the beginning of the climb taken from the Mt. Kilimanjaro headquarters at Marangu gate.  The photo on the right is a shot of Mandara Huts (9,000 ft.) which signifies the first hut system along the route.
 
This is the long and arid trek to Kibo Hut.  The trail appears flat but has a constant uphill gradient.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is large as life as hikers/trekkers approach Kibo Hut.
 
Gilmans Point (18,190 ft.) is the Crater Rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Depending on the weather and group members, it can be anywhere from a 3-6 hour trek to the crater rim from Kibo Hut which is at 15,500 ft.
 
 
This photo was actually taken on the way down since it was still dark when we arrived at Gilmans Point.  It is another 1.5 hours beyond here to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.).
The 1996 photo to the right is me at sunrise (approx. 6:15am) standing on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This 1998 photo was taken at Horombo Huts (12,300 ft.), which is the 2nd out of 3 hut systems along this route.  Mt. Kilimanjaro is peering behind the ridge in the background of this photo.
 
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