So the beer worked wonders…


KiwisInAfrica vs Kilimanjaro
Result 2 : nil/0/nada


Kilimanjaro is now another feather in our African cap. After some rushed research we chose the 6 day Rongai route as the best option for us. An excellent choice made by Richard as we fumbled our way to the sign congratulating us on reaching Uhuru Peak (the highest point of Africa) at 5.40am on May 24th… Of all the 5 different routes on Kilimanjaro, we were the very first punters to get to the summit that day!

Generally speaking, you start climbing from Kibo Base Camp (4,700 metres) at approximately 11pm and attempt to reach Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) sometime after 6am… so 7 hours is roughly the average minimum time for ascent on our route but bizarrely the two most unfit people on the mountain made it in 6 hours 40 mins. Whoop!

Maybe the guide was telling some little white lies? Hmm. Tips are important after all.

Here are a few iPhone pics to capture the key moments… Please note that at nearly 20,000ft of altitude you aren’t really in your right mind then add the fact that temperatures at the top are typically between -18 and -26 degrees for that time of day so we look like marshmallows in 6 layers of clothing!!

I never thought it possible, so I want to say: much love to my Richard for pushing me forward every day when I started to panic! AND for putting up with my moaning when I stumbled back down to the exit gate with a busted knee. AND for still dishing out the cuddles after 6 days without showers or clean clothes. Climbing mountains really isn’t my thing but it’s done and I am immensely proud of us! X

Jo and Rich


We started at the registration office. There were numerous boards warning punters about the risks and dangers of climbing Kili. It turns out that Kili has quite a high failure rate. This is mainly due to unprepared tourists turning up and thinking they can make it. Ummm, doesn’t sound like us at all.


This is Deo, our guide for the 6 day climb. It’s not just a good photo, he’s really that cool.


This is the camp for the first night. The summit looks very, very far away!


By the second camp we were above the clouds. Small aircraft were buzzing around below us.


Day 4. We start the ascent later that night. But Kibo base camp is still miles away! Tough day ahead.


Jo chilling out at Uhuru peak


Sunrise… Yeah!



Couldn’t quite make it through the finish gate.

6 comments on “So the beer worked wonders…

  1. What can I say? That was just amazing! I never would have believed you could do it Jo, so well done and congratulations to both of you. Thank you Richard for supporting and encouraging Jo. I know how hard THAT can be!!

  2. Congratulations on reaching the top of Africa. It was interesting to see that you went on the Rongai route – this is the same route we took at the beginning of February. It was also great to see you had blue sky as well. From you photos, it looks like you had more snow at the top.
    We have been following your trip since we last saw you in Egypt. We are traveling through Africa again with you!!
    Again, congrats. Enjoy you Kili beer.

    Dawn and Geoff

    • Hello Dawn and Geoff! How lovely to hear from you, thanks for thinking of us and keeping an eye on our progress.
      We are very happy with our Kili result, it has left us buzzing!
      Take care x
      Jo and Rich

  3. I cant believe you guys are doing all these exciting things. Wish we were with you to enjoy the fun but don’t know if I would have the courage. Love the photos and want to hear you talk about it all when you get back to NZ.

  4. Wow Jo and Rich, how incredible. So impressed you made it. Jo, you’re so lucky to have some great support from Rich, I can imagine how hard the mental part must have been too. Well done kiwisinafrica!

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