Mount Kilimanjaro Climb for Elephants
Here is a story on the October, 2001 trip: Team Elephant Juu: 'Team Elephant' scrambled up the final stretch of scree to Gillman's Point, just as the sun rose behind Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro's second peak. An hour and a half later, we reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent. 8:00 AM, Tuesday the 16th of October, 2001: the first ascent of Kili on behalf of African elephants… READ ON (photo and story by Harvey Croze)
Old information about the 2001 Climb
A group of dedicated and adventuresome individuals will embark on an extraordinary safari and climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in all of Africa. The purpose of this climb will be to raise money for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants.
ABOUT THE CLIMB
The experience will begin with the rare opportunity to spend two days in Amboseli National Park with world-renowned elephant expert, Cynthia Moss. Amboseli, which sits at the base of Kilimanjaro in Kenya, is home to one of the few remaining undisturbed elephant populations in all of Africa. Moss has spent the last 28 years studying these animals, and climbers will venture out onto the savannahs with her to actually meet the elephants on a "personal" level as she shares their stories and the challenges that face these extraordinary animals.
The group will begin their ascent of the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, led by one of Africa¹s foremost guides and most experienced mountaineers, lain Allen, and his company, Tropical Ice. Allen, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who has personally climbed Kilimanjaro 23 times, recently walked from the summit of Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean. An account of his trek can be found in Rick Ridgeway's recent book In the
Shadow of Kilimanjaro. Allen, whose client success rate for reaching the summit is 98%, recently said, "We will have people up there summitting who never imagined they would."
Tropical Ice is the only organization that has been granted permission to ascend the Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro. Thus, climbers will enjoy a dramatically more private and scenic route. Of the 20,000 people who climbed Kilimanjaro last year, only 130 enjoyed this unspoiled part of the mountain and its magnificent view of neighboring Mawenzi peak. Our climbers will not see another tourist until the last 200 yards of the trek. The ascent to 19,340 feet will take four and a half days, to allow for altitude acclimatization, followed by a one and a half-day descent.
Porters will be provided by Tropical Ice, along with equipment, such as tents, North Face insulated mattresses, food and water. In the event that someone is unable to complete the climb (due to altitude sickness or injury), guides will be available to accompany him or her to base camp.
Following the climb, everyone is invited to Allen's private tented camp on the Galana river in Tsavo National Park where they will have an opportunity to see the varied wildlife of Tsavo, including the "wilder" Galana elephants. Those who are a little more adventuresome can take a walking safari with Allen.
Finally, climbers are invited to enjoy two days and nights at Hemingway's on Kenya's coast relishing the beautiful beaches and warm, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. The trip will conclude and return to Nairobi. For those whose schedule requires returning home following the climb, transportation will be provided to Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta Airport.
The purpose of this climb is to raise money for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants, whose goal is to ensure the long-term survival of the African elephant. Thus, each "climber" is asked to raise a $19,340 sponsorship--one dollar for each foot of Kilimanjaro.
This sponsorship money will go directly into the Trust and thus will be tax deductible. The sponsorship will cover all costs of the climb/safari, but each individual will be responsible for airfare to Nairobi. Airfares will vary greatly depending upon the airline and the class of travel selected. For those who would like to make the climb on behalf of Africa's elephants but are unable to raise the money, some sponsorships may be available.
WHO CAN CLIMB
Tropical Ice has led over 75 expeditions up Kilimanjaro, with people of all ages and levels of experience. Although Kilimanjaro is not a technically difficult climb and prior mountain climbing experience is not necessary, any climb to 19,340 feet is strenuous and those who hope to succeed should be in good physical condition and should undertake some sort of conditioning program prior to departure. In addition, Allen recommends climbers be "open-minded and in possession of a well developed sense of humor."
In order to maintain Allen’s high standards, the climb will be limited to 15 people. If you are certain that you would like to join the adventure, please contact us at your earliest convenience. If you are interested in making the climb and would like assistance in acquiring sponsorship, please let us know as soon as possible.
"Elephants are endlessly fascinating. I feel that there is so much more to learn, but even more important than the research, my main goal is a peaceful, secure future for the Amboseli elephants." -- Cynthia Moss