mtkilimanjaro

by Katherine Yaksich

At the summit we were greeted by spectacular views, like this one of the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro casting a shadow across Mt. Meru  

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

At the summit we were greeted by spectacular views, like this one of the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro casting a shadow across Mt. Meru

#bigcatsplayball

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

by Katherine Yaksich

Above the clouds at 14,000 ft   

#takeflight #bigcatsplayball  


(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

Above the clouds at 14,000 ft

#takeflight #bigcatsplayball

(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

11:27 PM | Barafu Base Camp | 15,357 ft  

The scene at base camp approximately 30 min before making the push for the summit. Those glaciers look absolutely spectacular from the top.   

#bigcatsplayball  

(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

11:27 PM | Barafu Base Camp | 15,357 ft

The scene at base camp approximately 30 min before making the push for the summit. Those glaciers look absolutely spectacular from the top.

#bigcatsplayball

(at Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania)

by Katherine Yaksich

6:36 AM | 19,341 ft above sea level  

We somehow managed to make it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on day 5 of our journey. At this point I had been up for over 24 hours, and it was probably one of the most challenging days of my life. It’s difficult to describe everything that went into this journey, but for sure the human spirit can endure much more than we think.  

I was emotional at the top because when we embarked for the summit at midnight, I didn’t think I could make it. Surely I thought I would pass out and fall over the edge, or have a heart attack as my heart was racing the entire time. My fellow teammates even saw me stumble on the way up and barely make it on the way down, assisted. Kilimanjaro broke me, and perhaps even transformed me.   

Kilimanjaro is all about the journey. I will probably barely remember the 10 minutes that we spent at the summit. But I will never forget the people we met and the beauty we experienced along the way.  

Photo by @andrewmklein  

#keepexploring #bigcatsplayball  

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

6:36 AM | 19,341 ft above sea level

We somehow managed to make it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on day 5 of our journey. At this point I had been up for over 24 hours, and it was probably one of the most challenging days of my life. It’s difficult to describe everything that went into this journey, but for sure the human spirit can endure much more than we think.

I was emotional at the top because when we embarked for the summit at midnight, I didn’t think I could make it. Surely I thought I would pass out and fall over the edge, or have a heart attack as my heart was racing the entire time. My fellow teammates even saw me stumble on the way up and barely make it on the way down, assisted. Kilimanjaro broke me, and perhaps even transformed me.

Kilimanjaro is all about the journey. I will probably barely remember the 10 minutes that we spent at the summit. But I will never forget the people we met and the beauty we experienced along the way.

Photo by @andrewmklein

#keepexploring #bigcatsplayball

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

by Katherine Yaksich

Paul, aka Mr. Pole Pole, is a legend on Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s been climbing the mountain for 15 years and has summited more than 200 times. He has spent the night inside some of Kilimanjaro’s caves and is very well respected on the mountain. He is sometimes referred to as Babu (Swahili for grandfather) because he has mentored and helped train a lot of the guides.  

Kilimanjaro was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without people like Mr. Pole Pole.   

#makeportraits #bigcatsplayball  

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

Paul, aka Mr. Pole Pole, is a legend on Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s been climbing the mountain for 15 years and has summited more than 200 times. He has spent the night inside some of Kilimanjaro’s caves and is very well respected on the mountain. He is sometimes referred to as Babu (Swahili for grandfather) because he has mentored and helped train a lot of the guides.

Kilimanjaro was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without people like Mr. Pole Pole.

#makeportraits #bigcatsplayball

(at Mount Kilimanjaro)

by Katherine Yaksich

Getting geared up to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with @andrewmklein.  

 I’m hoping these lightweight hiking shoes will carry me nearly 20,000 ft to the summit. 

 Do any of you have any tips to share for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro?  

 We leave in just over a month so let the countdown begin…  

 #neverstopexploring #bigcatsplayball 

 (at New York City)

Getting geared up to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with @andrewmklein.

I’m hoping these lightweight hiking shoes will carry me nearly 20,000 ft to the summit.

Do any of you have any tips to share for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro?

We leave in just over a month so let the countdown begin…

#neverstopexploring #bigcatsplayball

(at New York City)