James checking his phone messages on the mountain. He was in constant contact with the office updated them about our progress.
Mt. Kilimanjaro from Moir Hut Camp.
Day 4 - Moir Hut Camp to Lava Tower Camp - August 16
Lava Tower from camp. We went to the top of the tower.
All of us were pretty sure that we went to the top of the Tower only so the guides could see how well we climbed on rock walls - in preparation for the Great Barranco Wall the following day.
View of Lava Tower Camp from the top of the Lava Tower. Note our group of tents on the far right (six) with the yellow and red dinner tent right of them.
Day 5 - Lava Tower Camp to Barranco Wall and Karanga Valley- August 17
Moonset over the Lava Tower.
Little Ice Age. Since that time Kili's ice has shrunk by about 90%. In this photo the Kersten Glacier is seen draping over the south slopes of Kili.
Kilimanjaro senicio tree or giant groundsel (Dendrosenecio kilimanjari).
Helen R. making her way down into the Karanga Valley. The mountain was completely obscured in clouds at this point as we made our way to Karanga Camp. This moment was bit deflating to me, The descent meant that we had to climb another wall to the camp. The clouds were gray and gloomy. The fine dust had penetrated every part of us. I wondered, "Why?'