Monday, July 21, 2014

The full team and route...Kilimanjaro Challenge 2014




And so the training begins in earnest...
First team meeting complete
Boots have been collected and soon the team walking will commence


Pre and post climb accommodation will be at either Keys Mbokomo or Keys Uru. 


 Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro 
and are classified as modern "tourist" standard hotels.

  
The rooms are of medium size, and are all en-suite.


The MOST important piece of equipment...
A Port-a-loo.
We did not have one on the last climb,
and I will NOT make that mistake again.
This team will have some home comforts!


Thanks to Cape Union Mart,
these air mattresses will allow the team to sleep comfortably.
Another item that I did not take with in 2006

This is the itinerary for the October, 2014 Challenge...


The Rongai Route
Sunday 05 October 2014  
After an early breakfast, a senior guide will conduct your climb briefing.   
You will then be driven to Rongai Gate, where you will meet the rest of your guides and porters. 
 After the formalities at the gate have been completed, begin your ascent to the first cave en route. 


Winners and Terence collecting there climbing boots,
with thanks to Morne at Hi-Tec
 The climb should take approximately 2 to 3 hours.  
This part takes you through the cultivated area of the mountain, 
where you can see how local farmers tend to their lands on the slopes.  
Overnight at Simba Camp (1,800m).
  
Photo: These are my boots from 2006. Just the way they came back from that trip. Time to put the laces in and take to the hills.
My Hi-Tec boots from 2006...
still dirty...and will once again be with me on this attempt
Monday 06 October 2014  
Early in the morning, begin trekking out past the second cave, and on to the third cave.  
This should take you approximately 6 to 7 hours.  
The climb today is relatively difficult, taking you through forest and well into the moorland.  
Overnight at Kikelelwa Camp (3,800m).

  
Bianca Schulte
Food and Beverage manager at Heia Safari Ranch
Tuesday 07 October 2014  
This is an acclimatization day - you will hike further up the mountain, 
then return to third cave for overnight.

  
David Batzofin
Travel writer, photographer, broadcaster and educator
Wednesday 08 October 2014  
Continue ascending to Mawenzi Tam Hut, which should take approximately 7 hours to get to.  Overnight camping at Mawenzi Tam Hut (4,330m).

  
Terence Parkin
Olympic swimmer and athlete
Thursday 09 October 2014  
Depart to Kibo Hut, which should take you approximately 4 to 5 hours.  
Settle down for an early night camping at Kibo Hut (4,703m). 


Winners Sishenge
Deputy principal of St Vincent school for the deaf
Friday 10 October 2014: 
Summit Day!!   
Today you will be heading for the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Peak (5,895m).  
You will be woken around midnight to commence the 5 hour hike,
 on heavy scree up to Gillman's Point (5,686m).  
You will be walking in the dark as the ground is frozen and this makes it easier to ascend this steep section.

 
 As you reach the Crater Rim, the sun should be rising to display Africa in all its glory beneath you.  
The views are spectacular and it makes the entire journey worth every step!

  
Continue another 1 or 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, along the wide paths of the crater rim, peering down onto massive glaciers shining in the morning sun. 

 
Me at the summit  in 2006
Arriving at Uhuru can be quite emotional, with the strain of the summit finally behind you and Africa surrounding you! 


After a few photographs at the summit, begin your steady descent to Kibo Hut for a rest and some nourishment, then continue to Horombo Hut to camp for overnight.

  
The team...jumping for joy outside our favourite coffee shop in Linden
The Argentinean Bakery
Saturday 11 October 2014  
After breakfast, descend to Marangu Gate.  
You will be transferred to Keys Hotel for a well-needed shower and an evening of celebration by the swimming pool. 
 Overnight at Keys Hotel on a bed and full English breakfast basis.
  
Sunday 12 October 2014  
Your tour ends today after breakfast and you will be transferred from Keys Hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport.  

Once again, all being well, the Radio Today flag will flutter at Uhuru Peak.
And this time it will be joined by several others!

Stay tuned to my " Travel & Things " radio show as we build up towards the expedition.
The show airs on a Saturday between 09h00 and 10h00 (South African time)
The show is rebroadcast on a Wednesday between 19h00 and 20h00 
1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi
All the podcasts can be found via this link:
http://www.davidbatzofin.com/search/label/Radio%20Today
So you have no excuse!



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Travel & Things. The broadcast. 19/07/2014



Listen to the broadcast here:
http://19817.podomatic.com/entry/2014-07-20T01_24_36-07_00

Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.
http://www.davidbatzofin.com/search/label/Radio%20Today

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 19/07/2014
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".


1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi
So you have no excuse!
Call me in studio on: 011 880 5839
Or you can sms on : 44008 (normal rates apply)


10h00-10.15:
There is only a week left to see DaVinci exhibition.
Charlotte Damgaard told us about the man and his genius
http://davinciexhibition.co.za/



10h15-10h30:
Sandy Birch explained why every South African sohould visit.
And she dispelled the myth about the Pig & Whistle tie.
http://www.sunshinecoasttourism.co.za/


10h30-10h45:
Guess who just got back from Russia...
Auntie Kate Turkington!
She spends so much time traveling that her address is a suitcase.
www.kateturkington.com

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10h45-11h00:
Gadget man himself...
Aki Anastasiou told what he can't travel without.


Sunday buffet at Heia Safari Ranch...
Remember to pace yourself...
WHY?

Because you have to save room for dessert!
Heia Safari Ranch Sunday Buffet Lunch:
To book, call 011-9195000

To read the " Travel & Things" media release:

This appeared in a South African national newspaper...




         
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