“Do not push yourself to go”

Yesterday morning came with full sun, remarkable only because it usually overcast in the mornings here.  Mt. Meru’s top was visible – again a rare occurrence.  In previous travels about town we’d seen a large field and I made a mental note about how good a place that would be for a shot of Mt. Meru.  It‘s almost 15,000 feet, higher than any mountain in Colorado.  It’s Arusha’s ‘local’ mountain – much like  Mt. Tam in the Bay Area, or Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs.  So we decided to go out there and see if we could get the shot.  Well it’s not exactly ‘popping’, but you get the idea.

 

Mt. Meru peeks out to say hi!

 

We next got the idea to go see Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It’s about 2 to 2 hr. and 15 minutes away, although we were told it was ‘about an hour’.  Whatever the distance, we struck a deal with our driver and he drove us there.  We just barely, and I mean barely, caught a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro through the clouds.

 

First view of Mt. Kilimanjaro

 

Small, cinder block huts/residences lined the steep winding road to the gate.  The houses were sometimes hidden by the dense banana tree orchards.  We stopped to take some pics and bought some friends for the modest fee of 1,000 Tanzanian shillings.  That’s a good bonus for kids in this part of Tanzania, especially up on this road.  The climb overtaxed our engine and we had to wait for it to cool before we could descend.

 

Our new friends (along the road to Marangu gate)

 

 

Marangu Gate (beginning of climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro)

 

We made it to Marangu gate  (6,200 feet) which is the traditional starting point for climbers.  It’s a 5 day climb, up and back from here.  This is the actual starting point.  This route is also called the Coca-Cola route because of the number of climbers who use it.  We saw a climbing party just getting back and they said it was pretty exhausting.  They looked like it was.  It was very damp here, due to the constant overcast.  But also very pretty with green foliage.

Here’s some of the warnings posted at the start of the climb

 

Signs cautioning climbers

 

After waiting for the engine to cool, we headed straight back to Arusha.  Our driver was very determined and made many an aggressive pass on the two lane highway back to the hotel.  Fortunately, it was dark by then and we arrived without incident.

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~ by robotthom on August 9, 2010.

2 Responses to ““Do not push yourself to go””

  1. Excellent pictures.

  2. Looks like it would be QUITE the journey through really beautiful land! Good pics, Thom!

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