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Leaving for Aconcagua

Only 3 days before I fly to Argentina to attempt Aconcagua.

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“Getting to the summit is optional, coming back down is mandatory”. Ed Viesturs.

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Rongai 2010 – Film

The video of the Rongai 2010 is now ready 😀

Some pictures in the introduction with generic pictures of Africa are from the first trip, and two of them have been done by Barry, but I could not resist to include them (thanks !), otherwise they are all from my second trip using the Rongai route.

Hope you’ll like it… Comments always appreciated!!!

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 2010 from Bruno Miquet on Vimeo.

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Coming back down is mandatory

“Getting to the summit is optional, coming back down is mandatory” (Le sommet est optionnel, revenir est obligatoire). Ed Viesturs, premier américain à avoir atteint les 14 sommets de plus de 8000 mètres sur la planète et ce, sans l’apport d’oxygène additionnel.

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TeamKilimanjaro blog

Everyday, while climbing, the guide is sending a message to the base camp about the group, location, …

This is highly useful so the friends and family can have informations about the climbers situation.

Thanks Jonas for this!

I’ve discovered the texts after coming back home and here they are:
Latest guide report received @ 0748 BST on Sunday 24th October 2010 :
The climber is doing well and yesterday we arrived at Sekimba Camp @ 1620 and had heavy rain all the way to camp. We are on our way to Kikelewa today and it is still overcast.

Latest guide report received @ 1710 BST on Saturday 24th October 2010 :
The climber is doing well and yesterday we arrived at Sekimba Camp @ 1620 and had heavy rain all the way to camp. We are on our way to Kikelewa today and it is still overcast.

Latest guide report received @ 1036 BST on Monday 25th October 2010 :
We arrived OK at Mawenzi Tarn Hut @ 1220 and the climber is doing well. Cloudy here today.

Latest guide report received @ 0656 BST on Tuesday 26th October 2010 :
The climber is doing well and we are on the way to 3rd Caves Camp. Nice and sunny this morning and we are enjoying the views.

Latest guide report received @ 0939 BST on Wednesday 27th October 2010 :
This climber is doing really well. We arrived at School Hut @ 1130 and the weather is beautiful with good clear views.

Latest guide report received @ 1555 BST on Wednesday 27th October 2010 :
We have decided to start our assault to the summit @ 0500 tomorrow morning. We are looking for 100% success.

Latest guide report received @ 1418 BST on Thursday 28th October 2010 :
This climber successfully reached Uhuru Peak @ 1140 and we are on the way to the Reusch Ash Pit for the photo to rival Nathalie’s! We will overnight at Crater Camp tonight. The weather today was great all the way.

Latest guide report received @ 0512 BST on Friday 29th October 2010 :
We left Crater Camp @ 0700 and have reached Stella Point before we start our descent. The climber is doing really well.

Latest guide report received @ 1024 BST on Friday 29th October 2010 :
The climber is doing well and we have passed Horombo Huts on the way to Mandara Huts for overnight tonight.

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Kilimanjaro and SPOT GPS Messenger

Before I left I wondered if my spot gps messenger would work on the Kilimanjaro. I searched the Internet but did not find a reliable answer.

According to their coverage map, it’s really on the edge. So if you’re looking for the same info, here is the answer!
In 8 days, on the Rongai route, and using the tracking mode, it sent successfully 82 messages. That’s far to be perfect but was good enough for my friends to be able to see the progression on the Internet. I did try to send a custom message from the top, but it did not work. Globally I would say that it worked good enough to be valuable.

I’m attaching below a screen shot showing a good number of the points to give you a better idea of the reality. If this post was useful to you, drop a small comment 😀

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Mont St Hilaire – 4 summits

I wanted nice  trails for today, to avoid having to climb too much steep rocks. My knee is worrying me a little bit so I wanted to preserve it.

The best trails for that are at Mont St Hilaire, but this mountain is too small to be a serious training, so I decided to do a loop and reach the 4 summits at a good pace. Nice views, a lots of people today on the trails (nice weather). I even saw some wild animals.

A lots of family at the “Pain de Sucre” but the 3 other summits were more calm.

  1. Rocky
  2. Dieppe (My favorite view)
  3. Pain de sucre
  4. Burned hill (which does not look like a summit, I would more say a point of view, but even then, not much to see)

All in one a very nice trip.

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Mont Orford – Pic aux corbeaux

So I wanted to do a little bit more, and I was curious to see the rock climbers at “pic aux corbeaux”.

Very steep, but short and a lots of rock climbers there, was cool 😀

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Mont Orford – Mont Chauve

An easy one for today, and it was raining everywhere but Mont- Orford
So I did the only summit I missed at Mont Orford I did not do yet, Mont Chauve.
Easy if you take the loop CCW, but intermediate if you do the full loop CW.

Had a problem with my GPS (new software…was not finding satellites), so it’s missing a good part of the beginning.

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Orford Summit

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