Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011
Two NewsWatch employees, Andrew and Bryan, successfully climbed Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. They summited last night at 6:45 am after 6 hard days of climbing. Standing at 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s Tallest Mountain and one of the seven Summits of the World. The route they took up the mountain was the Machame route, considered by many to be the hardest yet most beautiful route.
NewsWatch was proud that the two employees set such high personal goals of climbing a rigorous mountain such as Mount Kilimanjaro. “At NewsWatch, we always want our employees to set high personal and professional goals, and that shows through Andrew and Bryan’s commitment to successfully climb Mt. Kilimanjaro” said NewsWatch president, Ed Tropeano.
The Machame route up Mt. Kilimanjaro starts at the Machame Gate at 5,718 ft and on the first day climbs through dense rainforest to reach the Machame Hut at 9,927 ft. There are no sleeping huts on the Machame climb and climbers must sleep and eat in tents. After the first night, climbers leave the Machame Hut and hike 6 hours to Shira camp at 12,355 ft. The hike is through sparse trees and bushlands, leaving the rainforest behind. There are caves at Shira camp called the “Shira Caves” that porters and guides used to sleep in, but are now prohibited.
The third day is an acclimation day, taking climbers up to 15,000ft to the Lava Towers, and then back down to Barranco camp at 13,066 ft. where they will spend the night. Sleeping becomes more difficult at this altitude as the body is receiving less oxygen while expending more energy. The next morning is a rigorous day as climbers must ascend the 1,000 ft Barranco wall, which is an exhausting and somewhat treacherous climb. From there it is a steep ascent up to Barafu Camp, which is the high camp at 15,329 and the last camp before the summit.
On the final day, climbers will wake up at 11pm, don cold weather gear and flashlights to climb the last 7-9 hours to the summit. The summit is normally achieved right around sunrise with beautiful views of all of Tanzania and Kenya. Climbers then descend 5 hours down to Barafu for a short break, and then another 4 hours to Mweka camp. The total summit day is typically around 15 to 17 hours long.
Andrew and Bryan made it to the summit along with their two guides and their two climbing friends. The weather was extremely cold and windy, but the sky was clear and they were all able to see the sunrise as well as look over the clouds as they stood on the top of Africa.
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