Jan 212016
 

215529_Angela_Vorobyova_Mount-KilimanjaroWhen she reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 86-year-old Angela Vorobyova danced joyously with her guide. Accompanied by her 62-year-old physicist daughter, Vera, and a group of guides, Vorobyova was thrilled to have set the world record as the oldest person ever to reach the 19,341-foot peak. But something else made the feat even sweeter.

The retired Russian teacher had dedicated the climb to the memory of her older sister, Lida, who died of pneumonia at age 12 in 1935. She choose Oct. 29 to climb because it was her sister’s birthday. “Eighty years ago I made a promise to my sister Lida that I would travel for both of us,” Vorobyova told The Siberian Times. “I loved her.”

It was an exhilarating but tough seven-day trek, she said. “It was extremely hard,” Vorobyova, speaking in Russian through a translator, told Russian TV network RT.

On the first day, she said they hiked through a forest. On the second day, her ears started ringing. On the third day it became almost unbearable, she said.

These are symptoms of mild altitude sickness, which is very normal for climbers to experience. Altitude sickness develops when the body is unable to adapt to the lower oxygen content at high altitudes. The symptoms often include headache, nausea and dizziness. However, severe altitude related illnesses can result in death.

“When I tried to speak, my ears hurt, so for the entire week I just whispered,” she said. “I also couldn’t eat. I drank tea with a teaspoon of honey because I needed the energy to keep going. The weather wasn’t going great either.”

Late October is a risky time to climb Kilimanjaro because the short rainy season starts in November. During the rainy season, climbing can become much more strenuous due to muddy trails, wet clothing, or bad visibility.

They would wake up in the morning and it was sunny and warm, but then when they got into the clouds it started raining, and they were completely soaked with no way to dry their clothes.

“When people asked how I managed to finish the climb, I tell them that there was no way I could have stopped,” she recalled. “I believe if you start something, you have to finish it.”

Assisting the mother and daughter was a support team that included her guides and a team of porters. Kilimanjaro operators use porters to carry the food for the expedition. Typical meals include rice, pasta, bread, vegetables and chicken. Mountain cooks prepare the food for the trekking parties.

inside_climbing_2Her guides said she did not need any first aid or oxygen on her journey. Bottled oxygen is carried to treat climbers who get altitude sickness.

The previous record holder had been American Robert Wheeler, who was 85 when he reached the summit in five days on Oct. 2, 2014. Like Vorobyova, Wheeler, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and psychology professor from suburban St. Louis, made the climb with his child, 46-year-old William “Jack” Wheeler.

Robert Wheeler had already climbed Mt. Whitney and Mt. Fuji. Before Wheeler set the record, it belonged to Martin Kafer of Switzerland, who also was 85 but was a couple months younger than Wheeler.

Wheeler in 2010 published a book, Mountains and Minds, which combines adventure, psychology, and philosophy in an attempt to answer why we are here, what we are doing, and where we are going.

Despite the difficulties she encountered, Vorobyova was determined to make the Guinness Book of World Records.

“I had never thought about turning back,” Vorobyova told The Siberian Times. “At an altitude of 4,000 meters, we even danced the tango with our guide. And at 5,000 meters we saw the sunrise. Sunrise above the clouds. That’s impressive.”

“I love the mountains,” she told The Siberian Times. “They have always attracted me. And I love Africa, its nature. It is tempting to climb to the highest peak of Africa. Moreover, on the one hand, it is a huge mountain, and on the other, Uhuru Peak is not covered by ice, like Everest or Mount Elbrus, so requires no special climbing skills.”

Vorobyova said she walks regularly and has no problems with blood pressure. She exercises every morning before pouring cold water on herself. She said her next trip is planned for Machu Picchu, Peru.

Dec 072015
 

The Heroes Project is a non profit organization that supports climbing programs for wounded veterans by putting them on some of the highest summits around the world.

The Heroes Project and Ultimate Kilimanjaro® led Julian to Uhuru Point, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The expedition, called Operation Kilimanjaro 2015, put the team at the top of Kilimanjaro on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. It was our honor to host Julian on Mount Kilimanjaro and take part in his achievement.

Brooke Baldwin of CNN interviewed Julian live from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Nov 302015
 

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In 2009, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® participated in the making of the award winning documentary starring Kristen Kenny. During her stay in Africa she contracted malaria but was saved by a $7 hospital stay. She realized the need for malaria medicine for locals, who often do not have access to it and cannot pay for it. Kristen started Malaika for Life, a nonprofit organization that has since treated over 40,000 people for malaria.
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http://malaikaforlife.org/
Story on ABC –> http://abc7.com/…/santa-monica-entrepreneur-fights-…/300509/
Documentary –> http://www.tanzaniathemovie.com/

Nov 242015
 

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In November 2015, Ultimate Kilimanjaro® hosted Asha Leo on her Kilimanjaro adventure. Here are her entertaining day by day videos on the 8 day Lemosho route.

Day 1: https://youtu.be/V5wdqciyJS8
Day 2: https://youtu.be/sDPM4O6m-A4
Day 3: https://youtu.be/ttJu90RMKOY
Day 4: https://youtu.be/8hiF5jcbUIQ
Day 5: https://youtu.be/U4Rszt_wepI
Day 6: https://youtu.be/C0pHsCcm_VI
Day 7: https://youtu.be/PBNOCLVbJ9c
Day 8: https://youtu.be/3Eu5detRQdw

Asha Leo is a British fashion model and television presenter. She began her career at age 13 by winning the Face of Sugar Magazine model competition. She subsequently signed with Select Model Management in London. By age 21, she moved to Nevs Model Management where she became an in-demand commercial fashion model working in Milan, Hamburg, New York, Miami, Seattle, Dubai, and Amsterdam. Throughout her career, Asha landed campaigns with Charles Worthington, Fat Face, Hot Diamonds, Head & Shoulders, Marks & Spencer, Nivea, Pretty Polly, Ri2k, Sears, Seventy, Sonnetti Jeans, Sony Mobile, T Mobile, The Body Shop, and Triumph. She has also graced the cover of several magazines including Stuff Magazine, Health & Fitness, Weddings, Arabella, Weddings, and Destination Weddings. Due to her Indian heritage, in 2004, Asha was chosen to be in the Kingfisher Calendar.

Upon graduating university, asha moved to New York to pursue modeling and television presenting. She has presented the 12 part series ‘Ibiza Exposed’ for Granada TV as well as hosted has hosted ‘Casino TV’ in Asia and ‘Cheats & Chat’ in the UK.

She is currently represented by Nevs Model Management in London, Ford Models in New York, Mega Models in Miami, Heffner Model Management in Seattle, Modelwerk in Hamburg, MC2 Models in Tel Aviv. She is represented by Innovative Artists in New York for Presenting and Acting.

Sep 162015
 

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Entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore was struck by rockfall while climbing up the Western Breach route. The Western Breach was closed for a period of time after rockfall killed three climbers in 2006. Many prominent Kilimanjaro operators, including Ultimate Kilimanjaro®, do not operate on the route specifically due to safety concerns for staff and clients.

Scott was traveling around the world with his wife, Chelsea Dinsmore. Tanzania was their 21st country. In his blog post, Scott said he almost decided against booking the Tanzania trip because he didn’t think he could go on a digital break.

“How ridiculous is that? To pass up an adventure I’ve talked about for years — because I’d convinced myself I couldn’t disconnect. Or more truthfully, because I couldn’t find the courage to do it. That would have been a tragedy.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_28818630/alamo-entrepreneur-author-killed-while-climbing-mt-kilimanjaro

Sep 112015
 

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Ultimate Kilimanjaro® is proud to be the official Kilimanjaro operator for The Heroes Project, a nonprofit organization that supports climbing programs for wounded marines, soldiers and veterans.

The Heroes Project and Ultimate Kilimanjaro® will lead Sergeant Julian Torres USMC Ret on Mount Kilimanjaro. Julian lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. The expedition, called Operation Kilimanjaro 2015, will put the team at the top of Kilimanjaro on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. It is our honor to host Julian on Kilimanjaro and take part in his achievement.

Learn more about The Heroes Project, Julian and tonight’s fundraiser, Cycle for Heroes, in this KTLA 5 News feature.
http://ktla.com/2015/09/11/cycle-for-heroes/#ooid=o4dTRodzqq4-reC-HxhJxusrSX340BwA

Aug 112015
 

What happens when a fashion model climbs a mountain? Not surprisingly, she faces the same challenges as everyone else. And no, being a model does not mean the rigors of trekking outdoors will cause her to break. Ultimate Kilimanjaro client, Jocelyn Luko-Sandstrom, climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro with a group of Hong Kong celebrities and models. She talks about her experience on Mount Kilimanjaro in the Hong Kong Economic Journal. Jocelyn is also featured in the new Adventures to the Edge documentary series.
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http://www.ultimatekilimanjaro.com/news.htm#hkej

Jul 282015
 

1378321742370346160President Barack Obama said Sunday that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a safari in the Masai Mara and a beach holiday in Lamu were all on his bucket list for after his presidency.

“I know that there are places in this beautiful nation that I haven’t discovered, so I am gonna make sure when I get back, and it is not just Kenya, it is an ecosystem connected from Uganda to Tanzania,” he told Kenya’s CapitalFM in an interview marking the end of his Kenya visit.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro seems like something that should be on my list of things to do once I get out of here. The Secret Service generally doesn’t like me climbing mountains, but as a private citizen hopefully I can get away with something like that.”

The 5,895-metre (19,341-foot) peak, just over the border in Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain.

He said he loved the Masai Mara and Serengeti national parks in Kenya and Tanzania, and had fond memories of a trip to Lamu island, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, that he made with his wife Michelle when they were engaged.

“Lamu is high on my list. Michelle and I went there when we were engaged, I remember taking those dhows out, fishing, and the captain of the boat cooking the fish right on the beach. It was remarkable,” he told CapitalFM

Jun 082015
 

Tim Ward, best selling author of Zombies on Kilimanjaro and Ultimate Kilimanjaro client, writes about his peak experience.
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There is that moment when the indigo sky pales and the stars slowly vanish, yet the sun is still hidden. What time is it? You can’t guess. You are near the top of an all night hike – one way, uphill – to the roof of Africa.

The air is winter cold, though it’s July and you are standing near the equator. Your lips feel rough and numb, like they have freezer burn. For the past five hours you have thought about turning back. You might have feared you would fall asleep and wake up half frozen. Or tripped on your leaden feet and tumbled into the darkness, a human avalanche. You wiggle your toes and you don’t feel a thing. You beat your hands together, move your fingers inside your gloves as if playing piano, not hoping for sensation, but just to keep them in motion.

Somehow you persevere, putting one foot in front of other, encouraged by your Tanzanian guides, whose good humor on the trek is mostly welcome, but dang, they make it seem so easy. “Po-le, po-le, slowly slowly:” they urge you in Swahili not to push too hard. As if anything about this was easy. And yes, “Hakuna matata,” they say with a lilt in their voices, “No worries!”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-ward/kilimanjaro-the-peak-expe_b_7528350.html

Feb 132015
 

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Ultimate Kilimanjaro client, singer and actor Noel Sullivan, blogs about his Kilimanjaro climb on Huffington Post UK.

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We asked (guide) Meshack why we leave at midnight. He said “So you cannot see what you are attempting to do”. Comforting. But for us completely irrelevant. For the few hours before we left, it had snowed. The entire path ahead had been dusted in white. That coupled with the full moon ahead gave us a luminous lunar landscape to trek through. We switched off our head torches and allowed our eyes to adjust. This was the Arctic region of the mountain, a barren, lifeless area covered in ice and rock. At this altitude the oxygen is half that of sea level. And we would feel the effect of that greater tonight than any other night.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/noel-sullivan/welcome-to-africa_b_6585254.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/noel-sullivan/jungle-fever-under-canvas_b_6653864.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/noel-sullivan/noel-sullivan-kilimanjaro_b_6697402.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/noel-sullivan/noel-sullivan-kilimanjaro_b_6743036.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/noel-sullivan/noel-sullivan-kilimanjaro_b_6743608.html