ConnieD wrote:Were you okay at altitude?? Did you have a basecamp, at altitude, to adjust??
We hiked with 3000 feet of elevation gain each day until summit day. That day we gained 2000. The camp that night was at around 15,500 feet. So we had *some* acclimation time, but the route we were on is normally scheduled to be a day longer than we had, so we had a bit less acclimation time than was ideal. I was actually fine until close to Gilman's Point when I ran out of water and started feeling the altitude sickness setting in. (Drinking water made it go away, but that stopped working when I ran out of water to drink.)
Zelph, we were lucky with the weather. When we started the hike down at lower elevations, we had a lot of cloud cover that kept the days moderate rather than the usual searing 95 degrees, and a sleet and rainstorm when crossing the saddle from Mawenzi Tarn (right at Mawenzi's base) to Kibu Hut camp. The sky cleared that afternoon while we were resting up for the summit day, and when we lined up on the trail at midnight, the full moon was out and we could see Kibo in all her glory. It was quite a sight!
So FYI, Mt. Kilimanjaro has 3 major volcanoes, and Mawenzi is the middle one, I can't think of the name of the oldest, and Kibo is the newest and biggest of the lot. Kibo is where the summit it. Gilman's Point is I think the lowest point on the summit, and Uhuru Point is the highest at 19,300 feet.
I want to do the ascent again by a different route; I'd like to get a bit more acclimatization time so that I can again avoid taking altitude sickness pills, and I'd also like to take a trip to the crater, plus have some extra time to work the large format camera.