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A successful summit team now safely back in Sydney

A successful team on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

We are all now safely back in Sydney after making a successful bid for the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

On the 16th July at 6:25am our team reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The team, consisting of Hugh Ward, Bridie Campbell, Gavin Marshall, Colin Lynch and Kendra Magyar commenced the final climb to the summit (5,895 metres) from Barafu Hut at 4,600 metres elevation just after 12:00am assisted by three guides from African Walking Company. The final trek to the summit was completed in ideal weather conditions that provided excellent 360 degree views on arrival.

Over the preceding 6 days we had completed an access walk via the Shira Plateau route.

Following our descent from the mountain and return to Arusha we took a well earnbed break and left for 6 days of safari in the Serengeti National Park. An awesome experience and a great way to chill out after the climb. Once again we were successful managing to spot each of the “Biug Five” (Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino and Buffalo).

Photo’s from the trip are available from our web site gallery.

Final day on the mountain – descending Mt Kilimanjaro (originally posted July 2012)

Our last clear view of Kilimanjaro Summit before we drop below the bush line.
Our last clear view of Kilimanjaro Summit before we drop below the bush line.

 

MILLENNIUM CAMP: after reaching the summit just on sunrise the 5 of us headed back to our camp @ barafu (ice) hut. We were all pretty shattered and struggled to get our excellent lunch finished. We emerged from the mess tent into a crowd of porters keen to pack our tents, but also requring us to empty them. This spurred us into a flurry of action which lasted until we staggered into milenium camp 2 hrs later. The afternoon was spent sleeping you may be surprised to hear. The lower mountain is as dusty as we remembered and is knocking us all around already.

HUGH