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Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro October 9th 2021

Summit day was obviously the hardest day of the trip. I woke up at 10pm after about a 2hr nap from dinner to get ready. It had been snowing, and there was fresh 1/2" of powder on the ground. At 10:30 we quickly ate something and then started hiking up to the summit. I had on every single layer I brought with me (and slept in them as well), and not much more than my poles, 2 liters of water in bladder, and 1 liter in a nalgene in my pack (for when the water in bladder tube freezes). The hike started out amazing under a full moon that lit up a big portion of the route up. As we started getting higher, the cold really set in and made everything harder. Our rest stops were ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro October 3rd 2021

Day 6 is sometimes referred to as a mini summit. It's basically the start of the summit push as you get up at 6, and simply straight hike to base camp. This day was cold and rocky as well as very sunny. The terrain is pretty straightforward, as you aim towards the ridge that takes you to the summit. The hike up is a little easier than going to the lava tower because of acclimitization, but still difficult. As you achieve the ridge, you get to the lower base camp, Barafu camp. This is where most people set base camp, and it usually gets very crowded. There are some permanent structures here, but not many. My group kept hiking a little higher, in order to not cross some scrambling terrain at night. There is a little ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro September 29th 2021

Day 5 was the most technical part of the climb. It involved going up and over the Barranco wall. The wall is 287m high (about 800ish feet), and does require some scrambling. None of the scrambling is incredibly difficult and typically just requires smart hand placement as you go up the wall. If you don't know where to put your hands, the guides can always tell you. The best part of this wall is section called kissing rock because you do have put your body against the rock and kiss it, in order to traverse across it (I don't have pictures of me going across this). The scrambling is not nearly as dangerous as some people may make it out to be, and can be done by even a person who doesn't have rock climbing experience. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro September 23rd 2021

The 4th day was the second climitization day. It involved hiking up to the Lava tower to climatize about 15k feet, and then come back down to around 13k feet at the Barranco camp. Every day gets us up at 6, so again, up at 6, hiking by 7. This day of hiking mostly was going though rocky terrain up to the Lava tower. This was a long, slow, hike. I was breathing heavy for a lot of it as my body adjusted. We finally made it to the lava tower around noon or so for lunch. The lava tower is exactly what its name makes you think it is. A tower of volcanic rock from an eruption many many years ago. You can approach the summit from the Lava tower, and some routes do this, ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro September 19th 2021

Day 3 was the longest (distance wise) hike of the whole trip. It mostly consists of making up the rest of the westward travel towards the base of the mountain by crossing the shira plateau. This was the first day that the affects could be felt in full force. Multiple applications of sunscreen were neccessary and it was very wasy to feel it beating on you as you hiked. There are very few spots for shade across the plateau. The Moir hut doesn't get used by very many groups because it's 'out of the way' to get to the summit. We basically went north and then traveresed back south the next day to go to the hut. The rocks in this area had some salt on them that animals will sometimes come and lick (none showed ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro September 16th 2021

Day 2 started with a 6am wake up call, 6:30am breakfast, and started hiking at 7am. This day was the first climate zone change from rainforest to mooreland (I initially thought it was alpine desert, but I I think I was kind of wrong). this day had all kinds of cool looking flowers as we transitioned out of the rainforest, past tree line, and started walking east towards the mountain. The climb was steep out of the rainforest, but then evened out as we approached Shira 1 camp. The weather was still pretty warm and I could wear shorts during the day for most of the hike, but did need to start applying sunscreen almost immediately leaving the rainforest. The sun was direct, and in charge. My body felt good and wasn't really feeling the elevation ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro September 12th 2021

The first day of hiking started by waking up, getting my pack weighed, and then a long, 3 hr van ride, to the Londrossi Gate. The van ride was long with a small break at basically a gas station for the porters to eat some breakfast. There are people who farm right along the slopes that lead up to the gate because the volcanic soil is so good. The gate is straight West of the mountain and is mainly used for anyone who is hiking the Lemosho route. At this gate, I ate a boxed lunch, and then began hiking. The entire day is through the Rainforest zone with lush green landscapes everywhere. The trail is pretty evenly graded and this was the easiest day of hiking out of the 8 total. There are also some ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 22nd 2021

Although I enjoyed visiting Tanzania-50th country. I would like to share you the first 50 countries I visited+142 countries I visited. 1. Mexico 2. Costa Rica 3. Belize 4. Honduras 5 Dominican Republic 6. Bahamas 7. Canada 8. Barbados 9. Saint Lucia 10. Antigua and Barbuda 11. Great Britain 12. France 13. Spain 14. Portugal 15. United Arab Emirates 16. Israel and the Palestinians 17. Jordan 18. Jamaica 19. Panama 20. India 21. Malaysia 22. Japan 23. Federated States of Micronesia 24. Australia 25. Thailand 26. Ethiopia 27. Belgium 28. Iceland 29. Mongolia 30. China 31. Guatemala 32. El Salvador 33. Greece 34. Italy 35. Latvia 36. Kazakhstan 37. Kyrgyzstan 38. Russia 39. South Korea 40. Philippines 41. Brunei 42. Nepal 43. Qatar 44. Saint Vincent and Grenadin... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park July 6th 2021

My live stream tour took me to Tanzania, an incredible insight into life in a Maasai village near the Serengeti with Mufasa our guide. Welcomed with song & dance we then ventured into the village where the gate is made out of a pile of Acacia sticks to keep them safe from wildlife. Cow dung & mud are daubed onto the houses by the womenfolk. The sun was setting as the cows returned from their grazing with one of the mothers immediately taking milk for the children which was served to them by the fathers. We listened to the children practice their counting skills and Mufasa sang them a song, much to their delight. As darkness fell it was time to eat, on the menu soup & goat. The younger men served the elders. A ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi November 20th 2020

Lundi 26 octobre : c’est aujourd’hui qu’officiellement mes vacances commencent. Ça ne sera pas facile. Entre 6 :00 et 8 :00 du matin. C’est le chaos a l’aéroport de Bangui. J’ai fait mon test pour le virus chinois le vendredi matin, pour avoir le résultat le samedi matin, or le samedi matin ce n’était pas prêt. Je me pointe quand même le lundi matin à l’aéroport. Qu’est-ce que je peux faire ? Ils refusent que je fasse le check-in sans le certificat de l’Institut Pasteur. Par la grâce de Dieu et grâce au dispatch de la MINUSCA, je réussi à retourner au centre-ville à l’Institut Pasteur et à obtenir rapidement mon certificat. Je laisse mes valises dans le bureau de MOVCON a l’aéroport. L’aller-retour vers le centre-ville ça s’est bien passé, le gardien de sécurité ... read more

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