Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 2006.  Climb with us on Mount Kilimanjaro in 2006.

We returned to Colorado: 2006-7-16 00:00:00 GMT-07:00 ago.

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Preparation

We will be posting more information about our actual preparations on this page.  Down below, you can see the recommendations for preparation from our trip planner.

We're currently working out 3-4 times/week (half hour on the stair stepper and half hour weight training (not that weight training is necessary for climbing Kilimanjaro)), doing Yoga 1x/week (we should be doing more) and trying to eat well.

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In January 2006, we did the Lemonade Diet.  It was... interesting.  We are going to do it again though.
In March 2006, we got our climbing shoes.  We started breaking them in through a variety of methods.

Here is the information we received from our trip organizer about preparation.

Travelerís Insurance
This is not mandatory but recommended. There are many companies that provide the proper insurance and approximate cost will be $100-$150. 

Health Issues
An international certificate of inoculation against yellow fever is required for entrance and must be produced at the airport upon arrival. A certificate can be obtained through a physician's office or a local health clinic. Anti-malarial precautions are recommended prior to departure.  Recommended immunizations include hepatitis A & B, typhoid, and tetanus. Consult your doctor or a travel clinic for professional advice concerning additional inoculations and precautions you should consider.  These shots can range from $150-$300.

Regarding food to avoid, we were told to feel confident the food prepared and served at lodges and camps is relatively safe. Great care is taken to insure the food is prepared safely and in a healthy manner.

If concerned, avoid salads, ice cubes in drinks, and eat only fruits with skins, which have been peeled. Ethnic foods are naturally tempting and should not be completely disregarded. Pay attention to the preparation if possible and enjoy the opportunity to be adventurous in trying the array of unique foods offered in Tanzania.

It is prudent to rely basically on bottled water or drinks although the water in many towns and cities is purified and safe to drink. A sealed bottle will insure that the bottle has not been refilled. Don't swallow water while showering and remember to use bottled water for brushing your teeth. You will discover bottled water is readily available. 

Passport and Entry Requirements
A valid passport is required and can be obtained from governmental agencies or a consulate in your own country. For U.S. citizens a passport expiring no less than six months after your return to the U.S. is required.

Currency
U.S. cash or traveler's checks can be changed into local currency (shillings) at airports and banks. Small bills ($20 and under) are preferable. By keeping your receipt you can easily change your money back to U.S. dollars when you depart.

Credit Cards
Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and the larger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on the use of credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. It is suggested that you take sufficient funds in traveler's checks and/or cash. Use a credit card as a back up only. 


 

Day 1 -  The Hains Point Giant "The Awakening" and DC Metro       Pictures/stories    No Video
Day 2 -  Our First Official "Tourist Day!"                                    
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Day 3 -  National Museum of Art, Constitution, and Carrie's Bday   
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Day 4 -  Arlington, Iwo Jima, FDR, Jefferson, Holocaust Museum    
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Day 5 -  Washington D.C. Museums and the Hope Diamond           
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Day 6 -  Mellow relax and Catch-up day with our friends Misty and Yvette
Day 7 -  Delaware, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania      
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Day 8 -  Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Mamma Mia! on Broadway    Pictures/stories    Summary Video
Day 9 -  New York City, The Empire State Building, Long Island      
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Day 10 - Catch-up/prep day with our friends Viliam and Julie, as well as the New Jersey PPL Briefing
Day 11/12  Travel to Africa  (Arriving in Africa the evening of Day 12, which was June 22nd)
Day 13 - Safari in Arusha National Park and touring the lodge        
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Day 14 - Traveling to Mount Kilimanjaro and beginning our climb     
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Day 15 - Second Climb Day on Mt Kilimanjaro                               Pictures/stories    Summary Video

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