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Photos are online :)

Photos of all days are now online., including the western breach and the summit…

I hope to be able to add some videos soon, and pictures from our climbing partners…

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http://photos.5895.ca/

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Eight !

We’re now 8 climbers, that’s the maximum possible. Marek Witoszek from British Columbia joined us, so we’ll be 3 Canadians 😀

Tim has put on his website a page with the photo of all climbers, including us: http://itsinafricayouknow.com/climbingpartners.html

Add 3 porters to Marek, and we’re now 36 climbing together, that’s a lots of people !

We’re currently trying to finish our gears preparation. I’ve decided to get a new hardshell for this adventure, my winter coat is perfect for Quebec but is too big, and having done some walks with it demonstrated me that it was not imper-respirant as much as I’d like. So tomorrow I’ll go and buy the last gears to finalize the preparation.

Took my second and last dose of Dukoral this morning, hoping that this will help me not to be sick on the mountain !

Otherwise I’ve received yesterday the 3rd edition of the book from Henry Steldman. Didn’t had the time to read it, but at first glance there are more color photos, updated routes, and GPS localization of all the most important points included, quite interesting !

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Big party ?

Size of the group is currently 7 as mentionned in a previous post. Do not forget to visit our partner climbers sites : http://kilimanjaro-2010.com and http://itsinafricayouknow.com

Seven, you said seven ? Not exactly. You need to add a guide (sounds like a good idea lol), 3 assistant guides, a cook (this sounds like a tremendous good idea !) and 20 porters. If an 8th person join we will have 23 porters !!

Ok let’s do the maths, 7 climbers, 25 persons to help us => 32 persons ! Sounds huge !

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Climbing partners

Since May 2009 when I offered this trip to Nathalie for her 40’s, I’ve spent a significant amount of time reading everything I could about the Kilimanjaro.

The toughest part was to select who would be the tour operator. You can find ones very cheap (but you can probably expect a level of service and expertise matching the price, plus they cut on porters fees which is not acceptable to us), and very expensive ones (Tusker is around 7000USD per person, but for that price you’ll get a big chair to sit in for lunch). In the end we signed with Teamkilimanjaro.com for various reasons. They have a good reputation, reasonable prices, huge experience, and I felt in love with the custom climb that was organized February 19.

So, we finally decided to climb via a custom Lemosho route, prepared by Barry & Sachin Dalal-Clayton, from UK. They have a website describing the adventure here: http://www.kilimanjaro-2010.com/

Time Rizzo and Angie Sanders are americans, and also have a dedicated website with news on a regular basis: http://www.itsinafricayouknow.com/

In addition, David Betz from Michigan, USA, also joined the team.

So this will be a party of 7, with something like 24 guides & porters (!!!), I’m quite impressed by the size of the team.

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