Summit !

Second attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro has been a full success!!!

– I climbed up to Uhuru peak, summit of Kilimanjaro (5895 meters) using the Rongai route (5:15am Summit push from School Hut, summited at 11:40)
– I walked in the crater so I can see Ash Pit, the source of the volcano, a place from where you can smell sulfur proving that this volcano is (barely) still alive
– I spent a (very windy) night in the crater (we were the single team sleeping there that night, fantastic feeling, no altitude sickness)
– I saw nice Senecios (really a lots of them) when going down
– I’ve not really been sick because of altitude except light headaches which disappeared quickly. The guys (hello) who did the first attempt with me will feel the difference
– I had 2 fantastic partners in crime from UK until School Hut (they did a successful night summit starting at 1am with another Team Kilimanjaro guide)

I’m now back in Arusha where presidential elections are currently happening, today October 31. So far it is very calm here, and except a lots of military in the streets to ensure peace, nothing special.

Special thanks to:
– My wife who strongly supported me, including seeing me disappear every Sunday to go climbing all the mountains around Montreal since a couple of months
– Team Kilimanjaro and especially my guide Jonas and his crew, who provided an exceptional level of service, including encouragement when needed. His sense of humor (he’ll explain to you why you should not ask for a cup of coffee to someone who does not speak english lol), and his excellent relationship with his crew really made the difference
– Mathieu Sauve and Peak performance Montreal, my trainer for this expedition. I definitively saw the impact and the pertinence of the training plan he made for me during the last 3 months.
– My partners in crime from the first (who have continued to encourage me coming back) and the second attempt (it’s been a pleasure)

I’ll put a lots of pictures when I’ll be back in Canada in a week or so.

Feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Bruno

2 Comments »

  1. Michele Cherry Said,

    November 3, 2010 @ 12:15

    Do you think the Rongai Route afforded you better acclimatization than the Lemosho/Western Breach?

  2. Bruno Said,

    December 7, 2010 @ 21:55

    Not necessarily. It’s hard to say why I did acclimate easily the second time and not yhe first one. This said if you take rongai I strongly suggest to go to Mawenzi Tarn as an extra day and then 3rd cave camp. Try to assault from school hut instead of Kibo. Both route quickly converge but starting from Kibo is harder with no gain. They just have larger hut accomodations so if you’re sleeping in a tent there is no point taking this route…

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