June 15, 2018 - Day 8 - Well, we did it! So 1:17 p.m. We left camp at 11 PM last night. Hiked through the night and watched the beautiful sunrise right about 17,000 feet. It was just really nice. It was cold. And so I warmed up real good and we pressed on got to the rim and then pressed on from the rim up to Uhuru peak. Excuse me. Pretty tired. So yeah, it's a long day. So I'll probably just recline. We’re super excited to have touched the summit of Africa. It was just nan absolutely perfect day. Really good conditions. Like I mentioned it's pretty cold but sunny and we just got some epic pictures, which I'll be able to post when I get back down. We’ll have some lunch and then we're actually going to hike out another few miles towards the gate of the park. Have some dinner there and a little ceremony and tomorrow we're up really early to leave the park and then I go on Safari. My family and my girlfriend’s family and my girlfriend they’re all coming to Arusha and we're going to go on Safari.
So this is my last update. Again, thank you for following along, it means a lot to me. Run Gum Extra Strength definitely got us through a long climb today. As soon as I get some Wi-Fi all have pictures up. @NickSymmonds on Instagram. Thanks for listening.
June 14, 2018 - Day 7 - (Technical Difficulties) Nick's Sat phone had some issues. He is save and resting at camp before the decent up to the summit.
June 13, 2018 - Day 6 - Hey there! Calling from the Karanga Camp at 13,231 feet. Just wrapping up our third day on the mountain. Today was really incredible transversing the mountain from Barranco Camp to Karanga following the Barranco wall which is kind of a class 3 to class 4 scramble. There are really beautiful rolling hills in the 3 mile walk to the Karanga. We got in around 12:30 and had a really nice lunch and then the clouds kind of came and went so we got short glimpses of the peak. There’s some really beautiful views of Mount Meru across the valley and we kind of climbed above most of the weather now. The sun went down. Really beautiful sunset and it dropped below freezing.
Things are kind of frozen here but we’re warm in our tents. The plan is to get up tomorrow early around sunrise and to climb from Karanga up to Barafu, and Barafu means cold in Swahili. This next camp is at 15,300 feet and it’s going to be cold. We will wake up at about midnight tomorrow to make our summit attempt. I’ll make sure to give you guys an update tomorrow from Barafu, but just so everybody knows we are doing great. Everybody made it to camp just fine. They're taking good care of us.
So we're excited about our chances to summit in about 36 hours. Alright till tomorrow.
June 12, 2018 - Day 5 - Hello! Calling from camp two here at Barranco Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. A big storm has rolled in after we had absolutely perfect weather yesterday. It turned out really nice this morning, but around noon, as we were having lunch, the storm rolled in. It was pouring in rain. Fortunately I live in Eugene, Oregon so I’m familiar with this weather and I came prepared. We hiked all the way through the jungle and into what they call Orland, it’s a high Alpine shrub. By about 3 o’clock camp was set up and we tried to dry out as best we could. We will eat dinner here in an hour.
They are taking really good care of us and feeding us really well. We’re at about 13,000 feet and it feels really good. I acclimated really well. Tonight we will try to get a really good nights sleep and move to 13,500 feet tomorrow. Try to traverse the mountain to get to camp three. Spirits are really high even though its cold and raining. The fact that we got good porters helps us out. It certainly doesn’t hurt. They’ve been taking really good care of us. Singing to keep our spirits high. Couldn’t be having more fun to be honest. I’m sitting here on the side of a mountain freezing my butt off and everyone’s somewhere else.
Thanks for listening and following along. I’m trying to upload pictures but it’s not working real well because of the storm so Jake, Nathan, all of my Run Gum crew, apologies pictures aren’t coming out. Hopefully these updates are getting through to you guys. Alright, talk to you soon. Bye.
June 11, 2018 - Day 4 - Hello - Calling from UmBwe Cave Camp on the UmBwe trail at 10000 feet. We had an awesome day today just absolutely beautiful trek through the jungle. Climbed 4000 vertical feet and found the gates to the national all the way up to UmBwe Caves. The food was fantastic. We had a picnic lunch along the way. Some really beautiful views of the mountain as we climb through the jungle when the tree canopy parted. We have an awesome group of porters.
They hiked ahead of us and set up camp and their cooking us some awesome food for a really wonderful meal tonight. Starting to get a little bit cold, but not too cold, and it's not raining fortunately , so we'll have a little camp tonight, and I think it's a plan to get up really early and climb up 4000 tomorrow. Altitude not really bothering us too much yet. But once we get above 10,000 get up to the 13 to 14 thousand it should be definitely more challenging. So the goals night is to rehydrate get a really good night's sleep for climbing tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will send another update. We climb through the jungle. We're mostly through it today. Tomorrow we finish and come out of jungle into Orland Alpine. Part of the Alpine area. Excited to see all 5. It all sounds beautiful. Talk to you then. Bye.
June 10, 2018 - Day 3 - Hello Calling with an update from Arusha National Park. Today was our first full day in Africa and it was an awesome one. We woke up and the weather was absolutely perfect. About 60 and sunny this morning. We had an awesome breakfast, a full English Breakfast here and then we went into Arusha National Park near Mount Meru and Safaried for a couple hours. We saw so many animals; Zebra, giraffe, water buffalo, baboons... You Name It. We got about probably about 20 feet away from a giraffe. Just pretty incredible. Had a little lunch next to a lake overlooking Mount Kilimanjaro. It was kind of our first view of the mountain. It is really clear day and then safaried a little bit more before coming back to check our gear, repack and meet our guide. And so we're a team of 6, we're repacked.
We're ready to go. I've had a really nice dinner and we're going to leave at 8:30 in the morning to go to the Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park. And in into the park, will start climbing probably about 11am. We start at 5,500 feet that'll be mostly tree covered and tough climbing. We hopefully get in late afternoon camp stuff and always it tomorrow. So we're really excited here. So cool to see all the animals. I will have an update hopefully from about 10,000.
June 9, 2018 - Day 2 - Hello from Africa. It took me 40 hours and 4 flights, but I finally arrived in Tanzania, Africa. It is absolutely beautiful here. More lush and cooler than I expected. I guess we're just entering the cool season of their summer months. We're right at the equator currently at 2,500 feet at the Mount Meru Game Lodge. I got to see an ostrich and a zebra and a water ox all today. I'm pretty tired from the travel. I will have a nice dinner and then hopefully get some rest. Tomorrow - We are out on a mini Safari to see some more animals and stretch out our legs a little bit and then we're up really early the next day to start our hike. The trailhead begins at 5,500 feet and we hike to 9,500 feet. We're loving it here. It's absolutely beautiful. I'm about to enjoy our first African Tanzanian meal. Couldn't be more excited about it. Thank you guys for listening and I'll have another update tomorrow.
June 8, 2018 - Day 1 - Hello. Hello, this is Nick Symmonds, calling from the parking lot of Run Gum in Eugene, Oregon. Not exactly sat phone material, but I wanted to test it out and make sure it's working. So my bags are packed, and I actually leave in just a couple of hours to fly out to African to try to climb Kilimanjaro. If you're listening to this, then the SATs phone receiver is working, and I'll be able to update you each day as the expedition works our way towards the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. I have long travel day ahead. It takes about 40 hours for me to get from Eugene, Oregon to Kilimanjaro International Airport. I fly Eugene to San Francisco. SanFran to Tel Aviv Tel Aviv to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and my final leg takes me to JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is going to be a long fun. I promise I'll update you guys as soon as I get to the other side of the world. Thanks for falling along. From Africa. I'm Out.
June 5, 2018 - I have been packing my bags and getting prepared for my first climb of my 7 Summits adventure. And it starts Thursday! Excited to have you follow along! - Nick