AKMSS Annual Mount Kilimanjaro Climb

01 June 2009

May 2009 saw the largest group to-date of AKMSS students set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and we are proud that all 34 members of the group reached Kibo Hut at 4700m.

Click to enlarge imageMay 2009 saw the largest group to-date of AKMSS students set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and we are proud that all 34 members of the group reached Kibo Hut at 4700m. Half of the students reached Hans Meyer Cave, 10 successfully reached Gilmans Point (5681m) and 8 of the students achieved the ultimate goal, and scaled to the summit at Uhuru Peak. They were:

Gaurav Jiwan
Karim Kawambwa
Vineet Rathod
Kunal Sethi
Ramana Shankar
Rahul Chohan
Karan Choksi
Zahra Sumar

Click to enlarge imageManaging to climb to any height on the tallest mountain in Africa requires commitment and preparation. The start of the climb does not start at the base of the mountain but 7 months earlier when all those hopefuls who want to tackle the climb sign up for a tough weekly training regime overseen by the dedicated Mzizima teachers who run the group. This year Mr Steve Colliver, Mr Etienne Kubler and Ms Kim Ford gave unstintingly of their time to train the students. The Kili Club runs up and down the stairs in apartment blocks, hikes from Upanga to Sea Cliff, makes laps of the school and takes trips to the Uluguru mountains and the beach to further acclimatize and strengthen the eager would-be climbers.

One of the group, Zahra Sumar, summed up the experiences of the group in these words, "…I’m sure that all the hard work, torture and trouble has paid off, for both the teachers and us; the students by the wonderful trip we had, full of fun, joy, motivation, encouragement, support, frozen feet, frozen hands, 12 hour continuous walking, swimming in freezing cold water and most likely just enjoyment and getting to know new people, and the other sides of known people."

Zahra is so right. Getting fit and climbing Kili is about a lot more than a physical challenge. It is about working as a team, character-building and enjoying yourself with new and old friends.