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September 08, 2008

Questions about climbing Kilimanjaro

Hi there.
My name is joseph and i just finished watching your kilimanjaro video. It's something i am planning to do next august/september and I am trying to find out as much about the climb as possible prior to doing it.
Altitude is going to be my weakness as I have never exposed myself to that height before and I was wanting to know whether you did any previous climbing at that height prior to the climb?

Nope. No hiking at that height. Although we do live in Colorado (where the elevation is a mile above sea level), and went for a few hikes in the mountains, up around 9,000/10,000 feet. The best preparation we did was to go to Washington D.C. for 12 days prior to our climb and be tourists. We talked about 5-7 miles/day in Washington D.C., and that made all the difference once we were on the mountain. (Other people we were climbing with were sore... we experienced very little of that in the first few days.)

Also, how much was the climb and which company did you do it through? would you recommend them?

Yes. We would definitely recommend them. It was a little more expensive than some of the other packages we could have gotten, but completely worth it. I think it cost $2600 each for 9 days in Africa (which included a 1 day safari, all of our accommodations before climbing and after coming off the mountain, and everything on the mountain). It did not include airfare, which was about $1800 each.

We went through Kevin Cherilla (www.kcsummits.com) on the American side, who partnered with Simon Mtui in Tanzania and (name of company I don't remember).

Kevin's contact info is Kevin Cherilla kcsummits@gmail.com 602.686.6146

Hope this is helpful for you!

May 01, 2007

Kevin's climbing Everest - right now!

Kevin Cherilla, our leader when we climbed Kilimanjaro, is on Everest now. He put together a blog so that we could read about his experiences while trying to summit the tallest mountain in the world. It really is a fun (and funny) read. If you'd like to check it out, here's the link: www.kcsummits.com/Everest_2007_Blog.html

Definitely go check it out if you've ever had even a little curiosity about what it's like to climb the highest mountain.

April 29, 2007

An Opportunity to Help A Kilimanjaro-Related Charity

I received this email today, and thought I could do the most good with it by sharing the information about it with visitors to our site.

Please read below.


Dear Jonathan

My name is Howard Chinner and I work in a voluntary capacity, assisting the trustees of Village Education Project (Kilimanjaro) - a charity which has benefited from your support.

If you would like to help the charity at no cost whatsoever, then I wonder if you would consider using 'everyclick' as your search engine for your internet searches.

This can be set up as your website search 'homepage' or you can just put 'everyclick' in your 'Favourites' list and use it as and when you like.

If you select Village Education Project (Kilimanjaro) as your chosen charity, then every time you use Everyclick the charity will receive a donation (a percentage of Everyclick's profit). This will paid monthly using Charities Aid Foundation.

If you would like to do this, and thereby help Village Education Project (Kilimanjaro) to get some extra income, please just click on the link below. You will then see a page with various blue icons. The easiest is to select the first from the left ["Become a registered supporter"] and become a registered supporter. You just enter the details requested and that is that. The only other thing is to start using Everyclick when you search on the internet - and the charity will benefit.

Many thanks indeed, and please copy this to your friends and colleagues to help Village Education Project (Kilimanjaro) even more.

Howard Chinner
Volunteer Assistant to the Trustees

EveryClick's Village Education Project at Kilimanjaro support page

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December 08, 2006

Want to learn about Kilimanjaro?

You kind of have to speak German, but if you do, this is a truly AWESOME site about Kilimanjaro.

The reason I'm linking to it from here is because even if you don't have any knowledge in German, you can still check it out and get a look at some great pictures from the mountain and Tanzania.

Check it out here:


August 15, 2006

Britten and Chris return from the mountain

Jonathan and Carrie,

We are home safe and sound (even with all the London Terror that held us up). Thanks for your info on the hiking poles. We found some that we rented and were very thankful for them (especially on the way down, my knees were killing me and we were sliding everywhere in the mud in the rainforest). We were sooo sore for a few days afterwards too! We did make it to the summit just at sunrise and it was absolutely breathtaking. We took about 600 photos and video too. Actually we took more photos but somehow managed to lose one of our digital cameras on the mountain :( We had pretty good weather although we did see rain, snow and hail. We both loved to see the clouds roll into camp! It all just seemed like a whole different world (besides the coca cola that was everywhere!) We took the Rongai route (known as the Coca Cola route) up and came down the Marangu route. Thanks again for all your help! We were very prepared and thankful for your packing tips!

Britten and Chris =)

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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