In the car on the way to start the trek - you can see the peak of Mt Mawenzi in the distance.
Our fantastic hiking group - 8 of us, all made it to the summit.
Joined by kids (who lived on the mountain!) on day 1.
View of Kili from Day 1 campsite.
Morning of Day 2.
We climbed from the North side of the mountain, not too far from the Kenyan border. That's Kenya in the background.
Our fearless guides - Bruce and Freddie (aka the Slavedriver).
Animal poses for an impromptu photo shoot. I think we're hippos in this shot.
Everyone loves this game.
Chameleon on my trekking pole.
A hole in the ceiling of a cave.
I was told I need to "own the mountain" - this is what I came up with.
Another cave. Here we are, post-hailstorm.
Day 3 - mountain is getting bigger/closer.
Packing up for Day 4.
Camp for night 4 - Mawenzi Tarn. According to Guide Bruce, many people get sick at this camp. Thanks, Bruce.
Day 5. Mostly flat hike to get to Kibo Hut (base camp).
Kibo Hut is the tiny building at the bottom LH of the photo. You can see the steep climb to the rim of the crater.
Many more people milling around Kibo Hut - where several of the routes converge.
I took this the afternoon of Day 5. At midnight that night, I'll be hiking to Gilmans Point, then around the crater rim to Uhuru.
Made it to Gilmans. I'm cold.
Shortly after reaching Gilmans, the sun started to rise.
Sunlight coming into the crater.
Interminable hike around the crater rim to reach Uhuru.
With Freddie, who barely let me stop to blow my nose during the ascent. "Twende twende dada" - move it, move it, sista.
My summit video is windy, but you can hear me (exhausted and cold) trying to describe the scene. I sound like a goofball, but I did manage to blow my Dad a kiss from the summit.
Our porters, cooks, and guides gather for a congratulations speech and dance performance.
Finish at the Marangu gate.