Reliving my Kilimanjaro 2011 trip – Day 1: Forest Camp

Loading up the vehicles to begin our trek

One year ago yesterday, March 9, 2011, I began to fulfill my childhood dream of one day climbing Kilimanjaro.  This was momentous for me.  I had dreamed of the day of climbing that mountain since I was in middle school and it was finally becoming a reality in my middle-age years.  Talk about stubborn persistence in following your dreams, eh?  It was in 2008, that I finally began to set aside money for this trip.  I had mentioned to a few people that I would be doing this trip in either 2010 or 2011 but most didn’t pay much attention to that…except one.  The only person that had come to know me well enough and believed I would do this was a beautiful woman named Margaret.  Margaret and I are no longer in touch but it meant so much to me that she believed I would realize this dream.  Thank you, Margaret.

So, I’m just going to jump right into the first day of the Kilimanjaro trek: Forest Camp.  The first day was warm and muggy and a little strenuous.  Along the hike I got to better acquaint  myself with one of our guides, Sunday.  He’s a magnificent human being who seemed to always be smiling, has a great sense of humor and disposition and a hearty laugh that made me feel good to be around him.  Sunday explained some of the vegetation we were coming across and pointed out a couple of blue monkeys that seemed perfectly blended into their environment.  Along the day’s hike I also saw a colubus monkey dart down a tree and hop onto another but it disappeared so fast that only half of us witnessed it.  It truly was a glorious moment.

I had always dreamed of seeing monkeys in the wild and on the first day of the trek I see two different species on the trail.  How cool is that?

When we reached Forest camp the porters and guides greeted us with excellent music and dance.  It was a wonderful first day.


I’ll post a video for each day of the 8 days it took to reach the summit (Uhuru) and make it to Mweka camp Ranger station. I hope you will join me as I relive this epic trip.

Thank you so very much for stopping by.

All the very best to you and yours.




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1 comment for “Reliving my Kilimanjaro 2011 trip – Day 1: Forest Camp

  1. 2013/01/19 at 8:19 pm

    I’m reading your Kili blog with great interest as I am doing it in June! I’ve been dreaming about it for so long and it excites me to read about other’s experiences. Can’t wait to read all of your Kili posts! Thanks for sharing!

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