Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kilimanjaro Summit Jan 1 2010

Just a set of links pointing back to the whole series of my trip report for my Seven Summits Quest - first in the series, Kilimanjaro Jan 1 2010 at 6:45 AM followed by a summary with trip advice for those who want to pursue their own Seven Summits Dream.

Day Zero - Arrival
Day One - Morning Leave Machame Gate
Day One - Afternoon Arrive Machame Camp
Day Two Arrive Shira Camp
Day Three Arrive Baranco Camp
Day Four Arrive Karanga Camp
Day Five Arrive Barafu Camp
Day Six Summit Day
Day Six and Seven Descend to Mweka Camp and out.
Kilimanjaro Closing Thoughts and Advice

I end with advice for future climbers about some of the negative aspects of hiring local guides and possible ways to deal with it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Aconcagua Training - Week One

From my awesome Kilimanjaro trip, I learned a lot about myself since I had seven days of relatively slow hiking to ponder. I'm in the process of adjusting my workout based on my observations, but the coolest thing is I came back at less than 190 pounds and have managed to stay there. I started this whole adventure around Thanksgiving of 2006 at 235 pounds, so today at 185 pounds I've managed to lose 50 pounds over the past 38 months and keep it off.

I had promised myself that I would start running again if I ever got below 190, so last week after recovering for about 8 days after returning from Kili I started running in intervals at 2 minute run and 1 minute walk. The first day I did 10 minutes (miscounted and had extra run minute in the middle) and the second I did 18 minutes. Not sure how far, but I feel like I'm doing a 10 minute mile pace.

Today I did a vertical hike on the hill above Canyon Road (Timpanogos foothills). I managed to go up 1000' in 31 minutes, which is fairly good considering I chose a harder path and got into steep kneedeep breakable crust snow the last 200'.

On the way down I worked my way over one ridge to the North for some almost uninterrupted downhill snow running (after the top 200' of deep breakable crust which isn't runnable). It was great.

I got in one weight workout so far (more later on that) and feel really weak. I'll have to keep that up all the way to Aconcagua takeoff (I normally taper weights to nothing about 3 weeks out from a trip and focus entirely on cardio).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Seven Summits Kilimanjaro Blog

My new blog about climbing specific to the Seven Summits will be found here:

I'll keep training, climbs and adventures not associated with the seven summits here on this blog.

Thank you Dick Bass.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kilimanjaro Pics January 1 2010 Summit.


Click the above to see photos of the Kili Climb. I'll blog more about it later with details. Enjoy.