Well the first time from a distance mount Kilimanjaro doesn’t look real how can such a massive layer-cake a volcanic rock shoot up from the Tanzanian Plains and touch the cloud so high that it speak is snow-capped on the equator in this video I set out to climb the largest freestanding mountain on earth but first we need to flashback two day sago to Arusha where we are prepping for the nine-day Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro abadi Tanzania Eric Con over here from the streets of Arusha I’m actually in a market right now or getting all of our supplies for the hike of Chile tomorrow and we’re with some local guys are showing us around for the trek up Kilimanjaro we got lots of veggies fruits and enough grains to last the nine-day adventure you know only the essentials the best coffee I’ve ever hadwas from Costa  Rica

I just smelled this coffee the best smelling coffee I’ve ever smelled million on bums and gear guys it’s good yeah yeah this is Masai doctors and the one we’re using the Masai Mara see a lot of people that used to come to buy the medicine see if you have the problem you tell the doctor about them so this right here is the machete I got yesterday at the Maasaimarket and it’s funny because we were walking around the market in Arusha and every single person was kind of giving me like a head nod like when they saw my machete because this is the traditional Masai machete so that’s kind of cool but other than that we’ve stuck out like sore thumbs like they say every day here but now we are at will bird’s house we just unloaded all the food for the trek tomorrow this is all the food that you need to go on a nine-day Trek of Kilimanjaro back at the hotel we laid out all of our gear on the beds and divided the gear to be put either in our day packs or our duffel bags prior to the trip

Killeen warriors sends out a very very thorough gear list so you are a hundred percent prepared for the track as you can see ital enough to show the new map of Mont Kilimanjaro there are so many routes to the top of Kilimanjaro but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are all equal the most popular route is the majjhima route which takes about six days and since it’s the most popular it also has the most foot traffic so we are taking the western breach route which is nine days long and has a much much higher summit rate than the others the more time you spend at elevation the more time your body has to acclimate to the conditions hence a higher rate of success only few Outfitters offer this route due to the expertise required of the head guides and porters which means on our summit we aren’t climbing with any crowds we’re gonna get a full night’s sleep and then tomorrow morning we set off for day one of our Trek of Mount Kilimanjaro day number one of a nine day Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro biggest tip Poultice Poland which means very very slowly also drink three or four liters of water per day but this is it we restarting in the jungle day number one we set off into some of the most lush and dense vegetation I’ve ever seen the life in this place a sea of endless green all around as soon as you start climbing you feel the altitude immediately

I mean even  right now I’m talking not really short of breath but I’m feeling that we’re at almost eight thousand five hundred feet little weather update sunny skies no rain normally this is the rainiest part of the climb but look behind me beautiful you don’t even feel like here on the mountain yet just because it’s such a broad mountain you know it feels like we’re just kind of through the back country yeah but the porters the porters are the real studs of this trip before we set out every Porter’s bag was weighed at the National Park gate any excess weight was taken out in accordance with Tanzanian law what’s the maximum weight that the porters can carry compulsory with mission above so they’re only allowed to carry 20 kilos sanitize law it’s a government law and it’s the way of to support the local community since like the mountain is an area the way to benefit apart from the fuck did you get is to get a job yeah when the clans will come

I think for our Trek we have close to 20 Porter’s there’s five of us climbing upit’s Pat and I a mother and her two sons the honest truth is without Porter’s making it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro would be nearly impossible you’ll see as the trip goes on the crucial role that the porters play in the summit we emerge from the rain forest nine thousand and two hundred feet above sea level at big tree camp at the lower elevations the body can still process most foods and we had an amazing dinner by chef Luis food the food will dramatically change as we ascend the mountain big meals like this will become very rare our drinking water we purified from the streams nearby and now we’re going to bed after successful day one will see in the morning it was a good night got a good night’s sleep the tent smelled like she’s a lot colder this morning then we thought it was probably in the wood you said mid-40s yeah we’re going to Shiro one camp today we are sending from just about 9,200 feet to a 11800 right we’ll be reaching 11,800 but we’ll camp at eleven thousand five they’d like to say hike high camp below so every morning the guys would sing like that when your crew is fired up it’s contagious the rest of us we just got that energy from them and it’s one of those sins were

I know a lot of companies that do lightweights have this singing but apparently Wilbert was saying that Kellie warriors they were the first company to start singing on the mountain and you can tell when they sing that they mean every single word that they’re saying and with that we set back off into the rain forest at some point you have to say goodbye to that canopy of shade and you emerge into the Heather zonal I’ve read about 10,000 feet rain forest stops in the heather zone the vegetation becomes much much smaller and less dense there’s no more shade no more canopy the rain forest yeah and that was critical and a lot of people especially my Instagram like Eric why do you need that Indiana Jones hat for this you will fry yeah for the Heather zone sunscreen wide brim hat glasses every hour every hour and Walter today is actually easier than yesterday you know you get used to the altitude pretty quick but there’s this guy I know his name is Cedric he’s a punk he’s the biggest punk on Kilimanjaro on what’s the biggest punk as we’ll these are the studs right here the best guide that can get you up killing jar we arrived at Shira one camp around dusk Kilimanjaro finally broke from the clouds and showed us its raw power up until this point we hadn’t seen the mountain yet we were absolutely blown away at the site and for the first time we got to properly see what was ahead of us knowing that we were at an elevation of over 11,000 feet grasping how high and enormous the mountain looked it was truly hard to comprehend what was ahead of us this is the point in the trip where it’s gonna start here pretty ugly at 6:30 in the morning we are both feeling the altitude woke up at 11:30 with the worst stomach ache of my life Pat over here

I woke up at 11:30 – but I didn’t have the stomach ache would you have Erik sleeping next to me the first night of actual labor breathing last night kind of sucked so what Pat and I are experiencing is called high altitude sickness and this is just the onset but two times daily recheck our pulse and our blood oxygen levels these will also drop significantly as we ascend and the air becomes thin you set off the next day around 7:00 a.m. through the flat moorlands trekking through the caldera of an extinct volcano we made it past the climbing legend Scott Fischer’s memorial camp so we’ve made our way through the moorlands which is basically flat all day this is the first real incline see right behind in the distance there she is we’re at 13,000 1,500 fit we out therefor sure I feel much better than this morning we’re pushing on at a good pacer almost at the porter pace not quite yet we got a long way to go this is our first point really feeling the altitude yeah that was a heavy climb at how it’s like our day today it’s down because we are very close to the camera as you can see we to take us like 10 or 15 minutes to the camp so we’ll knock down the day let’s do it let’s keep pressing on whew then the kids might breath for a second I have never felt the altitude this hard as I feel it right now now


Kilimanjaro has its own weather weather systems formed when the air hits the mountain and uplifts and these thunderstorms pop up I know where I had to put the camera down I had to focus on climbing this is the end of the first Kilimanjaro video and the next one Will be standing at the top no matter what happens with this storm I’m getting to the top of that mountain it’s real go down yeah we go down no option we go-down just because of the way though let’s do it

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