1st-exposure © 2006
Kilimanjaro from the air, shortly after take-off
Many years of enjoying adventures in East Africa has convinced us that when you’re in the business of making people’s dreams become a reality there’s simply no acceptable substitute to using the very best people for the job. On Kilimanjaro where safety concerns should be paramount, this goes twofold. We’re therefore delighted to announce our having recruited renowned world record holders and TANAPA-commissioned mountain safety consultants to lead our 611 person strong mountain team.
Our professionally led team is divided into seventeen 36 man teams that are each ranked according to their performance. Each team is constantly striving as hard as possible to promote themselves up the list meaning that you can be assured that the service you enjoy will be the very best that can be offered with everyone giving 100%. All our mountain staff are passionately dedicated to Kilimanjaro and get no greater pleasure than in teaching you too how to delight in this mountain yourself, while en route to the highest point on the African continent, a place where the memories that you capture will be unforgettable and will be re-lived for the rest of your enriched life.
8 of our 17 chief guides. Each of these men leads a team consisting of 4 assistant guides, a chef and 30 porters. Included in our team is the Tanzania National Parks nominated Guide of the Millennium, Frederick Achedo, third from right.
A couple of important facts about climbing Kilimanjaro...
- Kilimanjaro is not an easy mountain. While it is true that no technical ability or experience is required even those of us who have summitted in excess of 180 times still treat the mountain with respect and caution. The final 600 vertical metres is very challenging and requires enormous resolve, however strong or experienced you may be. Just ask Sir Ranulph Fiennes who summitted in September 2004.
- Fit people do not acclimatise more easily or more quickly. The picture below shows one of our climbers having their blood oxygen saturation levels measured prior to the summit assault. Typically we find that athletes will have a lower SpO2 than sedentary people rather than the reverse situation which most people would expect. This is because the fit person’s body registers the rigours of altitude as being less severe and therefore requiring less immediate physiological adaptation than a less fit person.
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