T Minus 5 days and counting!
On Saturday 21st of January, I will be meeting up with a group of 14 climbers in Tanzania to begin the ascent of Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro!
How do you feel? As prepared as I can be I suppose. I was blessed to geta good load of new clothes, equipment, food, etc. In terms of exercise, I’ve been diligent in getting out several times a week strengthening my legs, doing cardio, etc. I must admit that the pictures of the peak look a bit intimidating – it’s a REALLY tall mountain!
Why are you doing this? For almost a year, our family has been working in Uganda with Engineering Ministries International. Eith EMI, I have designed schools, an HIV/AIDS medical clinic, and missionary housing among others. Our office is busting at the seams and as we look to continue to grow into the future, we need a more permanent facility that will allow us to better serve Uganda and the surrounding nations of East Africa. We have an incredible opportunity to build a joint office with Mission Aviation Fellowship, a like-minded organization that is helping the Gospel to advance in the region in powerful ways. The Kilimanjaro Climb is a fundraiser trying to raise up funds for this facility. You can also see the longer version here.
How is fundraising going? To date, I have personally raised a little over $3000. A matching gift offer up to $15,000 has come in and if you can give, your gift will be matched for twice the impact. You can make your tax deductible donation online at: http://emiworld.org/donate.php.
Under Categories and Funds, Click Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb – 1528 and then be sure to write “Austin” in the box “Other Category and/or Volunteer’s Name”.
Contributions are welcome anytime but especially helpful before the climb on January 21.
How can we pray for you? Pray for stamina, that blisters, altitude sickness, dehydration will stay away. Pray that our team can work well together and grow as an EMI community. Pray also that the Lord would raise up the funds we need for the office. You can see the schedule of our climb so that you can pray more specifically for the climb elements below.
What’s the schedule?
January 19: Travel to Tanzania and spend the night at a hotel in Arusha.
January 20: Rest time. Sort gear / organize. Pre-trek meeting with the climbing team.
January 21: LONDOROSSI GATE to MTI MKUBWA
7,742’~2,360m ∙ 3 mi~4.8 km ∙ 3-4 hrs
After a restful night at the hotel, we begin our trek from western side checking in at the Londorossi gate with a starting altitude of 7,742’~2,360m. The trail with gently ascend through the montane forest until we reach camp. Tonight’s camp is nestled in the Kilimanjaro rain forest at the Mti Mkubwa which in Swahili means Big Tree.
January 22: MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA CAMP
11,500’~3,505m ∙ 4.5 mi~7.3 km ∙ 6-8 hrs
Departing the rain forest, we enter the heath and moorland zone. In the afternoon we follow the Shira ridge the vast high altitude desert plateau where the first views of Mt Kilimanjaro open on the horizon and the landscape is a magnificent contrast from the departed rain forest.
January 23: SHIRA CAMP to MOIR CAMP
13,650’~3,818m ∙ 6.3 mi~10.1 km ∙ 6-8 hrs
Full day exploration of the Shira plateau. Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciated peak with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. We arrive at Moir Camp situated in a huge gorge at the end of a dormant lava flow.
January 24: MOIR CAMP to BARRANCO CAMP
12,950’~3,916m ∙ 6.2 mi~10 km ∙ 5-7 hrs
Today we take an acclimatization trek to the Lava Tower at 15,000’~4,500m. Following our rest at the tower, we decend upon the enormous Senecio forest reaching waterfall prior to finishing at Barranco Camp. Tonight’s camp is in the shadow of the massive Barranco wall with the breeze often carrying clouds from the Barranco Valley.
January 25: BARRANCO to KARANGA CAMP
13,200’ ~ 4,630m ∙ 2.2 mi~3.5 km ∙ 3-5 hrs
Today the group conquers the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall; continue the trek on the South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. We camp tonight at Karanga Camp.
January 26: KARANGA CAMP to BARAFU CAMP
15,200’~4,630m ∙ 3.4 mi~5.4 km ∙ 3-5 hrs
Slowly trek to Barafu Camp. from Barafu you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barufu Camp is situated on an exposed ridge providing majestic sunsets ushering in the summit night. We acclimatize and make necessary preparation for the summit day ahead.
January 27: BARAFU to SUMMIT to MWEKA CAMP
19,340’~5,895m ∙ 13 mi~21 km ∙ 12-14 hrs
Tonight is the night! A midnight start to conquer the highest point in Africa. This section of the route is considered one of the steepest on the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. It is a 6-7 hour hike to Stella Point in order to see the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a 1 hour to Uhuru Peak and the rooftop of Africa. We then descend down to Mweka Camp for dinner and celebration.
January 28: MWEKA CAMP to Exit
Mweka Gate 5,400’~1,620m ∙ 3.7 mi~5.9 km ∙ 3-4 hrs
A morning walking to Mweka gate. At the bottom, we transfer to our hotel for a very welcomed shower! Overnight stay in Arusha.
January 29: Return back to Kampala Uganda with many stories to tell!