Crater Camp to Mwenka Camp: Mwenka Camp will be the last night spent on Kilamanjaro. Hike time today is 7-9hrs, 10.2mi 10,400 ft. Tomorrow morning Team Parker will have a 3-4hr walk down to the gate, where the Tusker vehicles will be there to meet us and take us back to the hotel for a well-earned shower!
Promise to update with pictures as soon as we have them and are in a safe spot to upload!
*** UPDATE *** Tusker Trail World Class Treks wrote: “Happy to announce that the entire Parker team made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro . . . → Read More: The Decent Down Mount Kilimanjaro
Today all gear is repacked taking only what they will need for the summit push. Today will be the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. They will slowiy wind their way up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until they reach the rim of the crater. After having lunch on the rim, the Team will make their push to the Summit. The view from the summit is dramatic! The weather and effects of the altitude will determine how long they will stay. After the Summit celebration they will . . . → Read More: Parker’s Climb Has Reached The Summit!
Barafu Camp Ariel View
Todays climb has been all UPHILL to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and its extremely windy and cold at this altitude. I’m sure there is a buzz of excitement as the Parkers anticipate their toughest day just ahead. Todays climb time is 3-4 hrs, 2.2 mi, 15,200ft. Tomorrow, July 10th, is a VERY SPECIAL day. The Team will Summit on Geoff’s 57th Birthday… Happy Birthday Geoff!! We are all cheering you on as you reach the Summit..Almost There – WORLD UP!
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Today’s BIG challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall – a 500ft lava flow. It’s not a technical wall, but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the “wall”, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo. Lastly Team Parker will descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side for a good night sleep at camp. The sunsets here are spectaular. Todays travels were 4-5hrs a distance of 2.4 miles at 13,200ft elevation.
The Great Barranco Wall – 500ft Of Pure Lava & Adrenaline!
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This morning (July 7th 2011) the Team started their climb toward Lava Tower lower camp, at 14,950 ft. They will stop for lunch at the camp to allow their bodies to acclimatize. Afterwards they will descend down through the Giant Senecio forest to Barranco, on a ridge at the foot of the Barranco Wall. This is where the Machame & Lemosho routes converge, so possibly at this point they will get to meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route. Today’s total climb time is 6-7 hrs covering 4.6 miles. The team is over 1/2 way to the summit – World . . . → Read More: Day 4 – Parker’s Climb
Hello everyone! Here’s the latest on the hike up Kili so far… today is a monumental day for the Parker’s – Pamela and Geoff’s 7th Anniversary! Please leave them some love here in the comments area or on their Facebook page…
DAY 3: July 6, 2011: This morning Team Parker hiked across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Moir camp, tucked away at the end of a huge gorge, at the foot of a giant lava flow. Climb time today is 7-8 hrs going 5.7 miles and 13,650 ft. Tomorrow is a new day and the 7th . . . → Read More: Updates From Team Parker
We awoke to the sound of a rooster crowing this morning in Moshi,Tanzania. We were very rested after traveling 27 hours to get to here The travel was not too bad – 19 of these hours we were actually flying from Ft. Lauderdale.
It was dark when we arrived so we had no view of Mt. Kilimanjaro before sleeping; yet the mountain was in my mind all throughout the night.
Geoffrey and I both instinctively went to the window as our feet hit the floor this morning to get our first view of Mt. Kili. In the distance we could . . . → Read More: 1 Day To Mt, Kilimanjaro – A Day In Moshi, Tanzania