Monday, April 19, 2010

Mt. Kilimanjaro








{all photos via flickr}

Well, since Grant and I don't have any big vacations or travel plans in the near future (besides Utah in June woooo!) for now I have to settle with just planning our dream trips.

While I was studying at BYU I had several classes from Dr. Durrant. Although his tests are killer, he is so awesome and is passionate about what he teaches. Two of the classes I took from him were Global Adventure Travel, and Studies of Sub-Saharan Africa. They were two of the best classes I had at BYU. Dr. Durrant was a great teacher because he has spent an extensive amount of time living in Africa and studying the people of both Tanzania and Chad. He was the one who first sparked my interest in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak you can climb that doesn't require any technical climbing experience, which is good because I don't have any! :) Dr. Durrant once told me that you'll never forget the first time you see Kilimanjaro. At 19,341 ft. it is one of the tallest free-standing mountains in the world. It takes between 5 and 8 days to reach the Uhuru summit depending on how much time you want to take to acclimatize.

It's a unique climb because although you at the base of the mountain where you begin your trek it is a jungle, the top of the mountain is covered in glaciers and snow. You experience such a variety of climates!

So, who wants to come???

10 comments:

Jennifer Miller said...

I love when you work nights, because you post. I look forward to you posting! I know im lame.
cant wait to see you in JUNE!!!

Leia said...

I do! This has always been one of my dreams too! I'll let you know when I strike it rich.

Mallory said...

Count me in! I love day dreaming about where I want to go too...So many places, so little money. :)

Kristin Gardiner said...

I'm coming! This is why I love you, M. (And I'm WAY stoked to see you in JUNE. YES.)

Christyn Caryn said...

Its so true... you really don't ever forget the first time you see it, it's so majestic. Ahhh I would LOVE to go back with you! Anytime just give me a call! :)

KnJCuzz said...

+2 (and 1/2). You had me at...'no technical climbing experience required'!

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Kristin Gardiner said...

Okay so I just looked at these pictures again, and I am IN LOVE with that stars photo!! WHY can't astronomy be a major????? Boooo.

Amanda P said...

I would also love to come. Did I ever tell you that on my flight from London to S. Africa, it was at sunrise and as we flew over Mt. Kilimanjaro and I could see it above the clouds. It was beautiful.

Kellee Marie Cook said...

I've also really wanted to go here.. so ya count me in!! haha. Hope you are doing well!!