Adventures,  Climbing / Caving,  Expeditions,  Hiking / Trekking,  Mountaineering

“How I Climbed Kilimanjaro Twice, Once with a Metal Knee”

Kilimanjaro demands respect, this mighty dormant volcano, soaring from the African plains, stands as the tallest freestanding mountain globally, reaching a staggering 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.

Undertaking the challenge of conquering Kilimanjaro is not merely a physical feat; it’s a journey of personal determination and endurance. Embarking on this adventure with friends, I faced the monumental task of ascending Africa’s highest peak.

In 2010, we tackled the Machame Route, we ascended through heavy scree that tested our limits. Descending was not without difficulties – a dodgy knee and tired legs.

In 2012, armed with a newly replaced knee joint, I returned to Kilimanjaro to test the effectiveness and indeed, the journey proved transformative, reaffirming the resilience of the human spirit.

Ascending via the Rongai Route to Uhuru Peak, the apex of Kilimanjaro, as the darkness waned and the sun painted the sky with hues of pink and red, we found ourselves standing at the Roof of Africa. Before us unfolded a breathtaking panorama, with glistening snowfields, intricate ice formations, and jagged peaks stretching into the distance. In that moment of pure awe, etched into our memories for eternity, we felt the profound beauty of nature’s grandeur. It was a testament to the unwavering spirit of exploration, perseverance, and camaraderie that had brought us to this remarkable summit.

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

My Metal Knee sets off every security system throughout the world; especially at airports – the appearance of anybody wearing rubber gloves makes me nervous.

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