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kilimanjaro - rongai route


I have just returned from climbing Kili via the Rongai Route with Exodus, and cant recommend the trip enough. On the trip I decided to keep a travel journal, and I have posted it on lulu.com where it might be of interest to those of you thinking about booking, or nervously waiting for your trip to start.

 lulu.com set the price for the paperback version, which is probably not worth the money, but the ebook version is available for just £1 and it might be an interesting read for some of you.


 Best of luck to anyone due to go to Kili, and anyone thinking about it ... DO IT. Its a great, once in a lifetime experience!






did you take a main camera with you?


I'm thinking of taking my cacon 450 with zoom lens but worried about the extra weight in the day pack.


an advice greatly appreciated, going on the 29th of January



Hi Steve. Did Kili back in 2005. I took a SLR size camera in my day sack, with a couple of optional lenses, and carried a small digital in an inside pocket.  That was for the major part of the trek though. Summit night and the descent afterwards, is different, so be ruthless with what you take. I took just a wide angle lens, and the compact digital. Keep the camera kit well wrapped up against the cold.  Also, if you can, take spare batteries and keep them warm, as the cold drains them fast-I wrapped my spares in thermal socks, and carried them next to my skin. Not elegant, but effective. Whatever you decide to take, good luck, because Kili is an amazing experience.

Jeff Wilkes

Steve  I did the climb last year and took an SLR with two lenses but also a compact. Keep the compact on your belt, ideal for shots on the move without getting the backpack off to get the SLR. Good advice about the batteries but I also kept my camera and spare batteries in my sleeping bag each night as an extra precaution. Good piece in the Saturday Telegraph today, the 23rd, about your route.

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