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 😀


  1. Amy Said,

    August 19, 2011 @ 19:06

    thank you for posting this! I’ve been debating getting a SPOT exactly for this reason and this helped so much. congrats on your climb.

  2. Mick Pletcher Said,

    November 1, 2011 @ 12:20

    Thanks so much for posting this. I was also wondering if my Spot Messenger would function on Kilimanjaro. I am also doing the Rongai Route next September.

  3. Dean Said,

    February 24, 2012 @ 20:04

    Thanks for the post. Am starting on the Machame route this morning and will try to send OK messages anyway to see if they work.

  4. Future Kili Hiker Said,

    February 29, 2012 @ 14:52

    How often did you have to change batteries over the course of the 8 day hike?

  5. Bruno Said,

    February 29, 2012 @ 17:41

    I’ve been using fresh lithium batteries like this: and did not change them during the 8 days.
    I was turning off the SPOT each time we reached a camp, and turned it on each morning when leaving.

    Batteries died after one or two other hikes I did after I came back. My strategy was to have new lithium batteries in my Spot, and in my headlamp. Both use AAA. I had one set of brand new lithium batteries with me, just in case one of the two run out.
    Ultimately I did not used them…

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