Our Kili climbers were due to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro on Thursday and we have had word...
Thursday was the day that the Greene King team of climbers would have hopefully reached the summit for their epic climb of Mount Kilimanjaro!
Over the past six days they have trekked between 5-10 hours a day, covering approximately 60km – while being at altitude which is likely to have been their biggest challenge on this climb.
All of us back home in the calm of our office have been waiting for news and yesterday we got it – all of our Kili climbers made it to base camp and all but one :( made it to the summit!
We are still waiting for photos but we know that the team started their day in the dark to avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun, and they walked steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. They scrambled up scree for four to five hours but gained incredible height over a short distance, enjoying spectacular views on the way.
They were on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surrounded them and the views to jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond were breathtaking.
Another hour’s walking took the team to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5896m); Uhuru means freedom in Swahili. What an achievement!