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Kilimanjaro Summit or Everest Base Camp

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by GeoTaco, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Jul 27, 2010 at 1:53 PM
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    GeoTaco

    GeoTaco [OP] the town is back that way

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    Has anyone on here done either?

    My girlfriend just broke up with me, so im starting to plan a trip for next year. both of these are on my life list, and one of them will be done by the end of next year.

    Im hoping some people here have some more experience with this. I backpack and go hiking whenever i can, everything down here is less than 6,200 ft, but i go to colorado a few times a year and get up into the 14000s. I know i can do both of them physically, but im hoping someone has some insite on which i should do first, or some suggestions on which guide services to use.

    I have been researching this for about 3 weeks, so i know a little about it, but the more info the better.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Jul 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM
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    Lost_Humanity

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    I gotta go with Everest.

    My ex-girlfriend did Kilimanjaro, and while she raved about it, she still wishes she had done base camp instead.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either. Kilimanjaro gives you the feeling of accomplishment and the beauty of Africa, while Everest will probably make you want to come back and climb the sucker. But there's something to be said for the pilgrimage through the ancient ruins with the flags waving and the smells of the teas on a road that has been travelled longer than most organized religions.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    GeoTaco

    GeoTaco [OP] the town is back that way

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    i think im leaning that way too, not sure though, i go back and forth on which one to do first. At some point im going to do both, just not sure the order
     
  4. Jul 27, 2010 at 3:37 PM
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    i say Everest. Not too many people can say they hiked to Everest's base camp.

    or do both....
     
  5. Jul 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    yeah, but im thinking that that would be the ultimate blue balls
     
  6. Jul 27, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    How high is base camp? Are funds an issue, not sure what costs more. I have read about Everist and that it is $$$, but that was for the full journey
     
  7. Jul 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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    Here's a description from REI Adventures.

    Linky
     
  9. Jul 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM
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    i've climbed kilimanjaro and kenya when i was in high school :)

    was a great experience and i would recommend it to anyone

    (was my first climb btw)
     
  10. Jul 27, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    Everest is $5200 including flight from atlanta to kathmandu, Kili is $4200 including flight. price isnt really an issue, im planning on traveling around the states to get some climbing in, although you really dont need it on either trek. I have plenty of backcountry experience to do both, altitude wise,14,2** is my highest, but i spend alot of time in colorado mountains and have never gotten the slightest bit sick.
     
  11. Jul 27, 2010 at 4:21 PM
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    Everest to attempt a summit is around 50k, base came is at 17,600 ft
     
  12. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:19 PM
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    not really helpful, but a good read.

    Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

    its about a particularly disasterous year of everest expeditions. the author survived, many others did not.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    yeah, i have been reading alot of climbing books, that was one, but also alot by ed viestrus, hes got some amazing books. ive been doing my research for a while, and the only thing that im finding out is that there are way more places i want to go. the annapurna circut is now on my list.....so ive gone from definitly doing kili, to maybe kili or EBC, to now kili, EBC, and the Annapurna circut.

    Im thinking it will be Kili, just because it is 10 days shorter than the others.....but its basically the same price.......................i dont know what to do:goingcrazy:
     
  14. Jul 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM
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    Ed Viesturs just opened up a new Ediie Bauer flagship store near Seattle and did a meet-and-greet. I wanted to go so freakin' bad.

    I've never been one to to be star-struck (since I work with professional athletes on a regular basis, it would be bad for professionalism) but Ed is one guy I would love to sit down and pick his brain.
     
  15. Jun 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Reviving this thread, but i decided on Kilimanjaro a few months back, and will be going October 10-24th. got all my gear ready and plane tickets bought. cant wait, gonna be kick ass
     
  16. Jun 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM
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    Excellent book, id say either are awesome...go for both
     
  17. Jun 16, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    both are in the cars for sure, just was trying to figure out which to do first.
     
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    I would say summit over a base camp. You will want more if you aren't at the top.

    I did Mt Whitney ( highest peak in continental US) last year, and doin it again this July
     
  19. Jun 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    nice, I plan on doing whitney fairly soon, not sure when though. Also ive decided that for my 30th birthday 2.5 years away that i want to climb Mt. Aconcagua (highest peak in the world outside the Himalayas)
     
  20. Jun 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    awesome man! if you are able to, try to take some pics!
     
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