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Questions about climbing Kilimanjaro

Hi there.
My name is joseph and i just finished watching your kilimanjaro video. It's something i am planning to do next august/september and I am trying to find out as much about the climb as possible prior to doing it.
Altitude is going to be my weakness as I have never exposed myself to that height before and I was wanting to know whether you did any previous climbing at that height prior to the climb?

Nope. No hiking at that height. Although we do live in Colorado (where the elevation is a mile above sea level), and went for a few hikes in the mountains, up around 9,000/10,000 feet. The best preparation we did was to go to Washington D.C. for 12 days prior to our climb and be tourists. We talked about 5-7 miles/day in Washington D.C., and that made all the difference once we were on the mountain. (Other people we were climbing with were sore... we experienced very little of that in the first few days.)

Also, how much was the climb and which company did you do it through? would you recommend them?

Yes. We would definitely recommend them. It was a little more expensive than some of the other packages we could have gotten, but completely worth it. I think it cost $2600 each for 9 days in Africa (which included a 1 day safari, all of our accommodations before climbing and after coming off the mountain, and everything on the mountain). It did not include airfare, which was about $1800 each.

We went through Kevin Cherilla (www.kcsummits.com) on the American side, who partnered with Simon Mtui in Tanzania and (name of company I don't remember).

Kevin's contact info is Kevin Cherilla kcsummits@gmail.com 602.686.6146

Hope this is helpful for you!

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Official Travel Pictures
(What's online and available at the moment...)

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                              Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 16 - Third Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                                 Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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