Kilimanjaro Expedition Travel Journal Entry 7

Kossovo Camp to Crater Camp
16,000 to 18,398 feet
Alpine Desert to Summit

We had a long day today. We spent 7 hours walking what seemed like straight up, through skree (loose rock) and volcanic ash. About mid-day, right on schedule (like previous days), the clouds came in and the temperature dropped. It became very, very, cold. After hours of strenuous hiking, we reached Sella Point and the edge of the crater of Kilimanjaro. After a short 30 minute walk, down the crater rim, we made it to Crater Camp, right across from one of the large Glacier Fields.

After reaching the crater area, we climbed up to explore the central volcanic vent and we also had an opportunity to check out the glaciers up close. All students are feeling good and looking forward to the push to reach the Summit, tomorrow!

Jason Barnes, Discovery Education

Walking.  Walking Together.

It is a magical experience here on Kilimanjaro, people brought together from across the world to walk together.  We are educators and students from Oman in the Middle East, where they have never had cold temperatures or seen snow.  We are educators from St Vrain Valley School District in Colorado.  And we are the Tanzanian (Masai & Chugga) guides and porters.  And I am from Discovery Education & Rhode Island.

We are women and men, black and white, Catholic & Muslim & Jewish & other, young & old, experienced & inexperienced hikers.  And together we walk step  by step with a common curiosity, a curiosity for Kilimanjaro, a curiosity for our larger world beyond our home, and a curiosity for each other. We walk, which is a perfect traveling pace to observe this majestic mountain with its rich volcanic geology, smile inducing flora, and scat signs of active fauna.  We get to listen to our guides tell the history of Kili and we get to learn from our volcanologist, Jayme Sneider, explain the wonders of this triple volcano called Killimanjaro.  The pace allows for conversation to connect with each other as individuals as well as cultural ambassadors to share our home places – our culture, our natural world, and our families.

Our pace slows the higher we climb as we practice the Swahili “polè polè” (slow and steady) to get where we want to go, but also to allow our bodies to acclimate to the steep terrain, colder temperatures, and lower pressure air which delivers less oxygen to our hungry body with each breath.

As we walk, we ask each other questions, we offer what we know, we smile, we laugh, we sing songs, we share food, and, if fortunate, we will share the summit of Kilimanjaro tomorrow.  And all of this is happening because each of us has a passionate curiosity to learn and experience our world.

We walk together bonded in our curiosity.  While together we also each walk with our own individual gait, our own personality, and it is this wonderful diversity that makes being together special.

From Kilimanjaro, wishing you curiosity and many walks to learn with friends . . . and with others who will quickly become your friends.

Virtual Field Trip
October 8 | 1:00 PM ET

Students can also get involved by participating in a virtual field trip once the Expedition has returned from Tanzania. Don’t forget to submit your classes questions by tweeting @DiscoveryEd with the hashtag #DiscoverKili – your class may get their questions answered live on air!


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  1. Sage Kueffner said:

    Could you guys see the blood moon from Africa or could you at least see the eclipse?

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