Mount Kilimanjaro’s Summit | Western Breach, Glaciers & Uhuru Peak (Pt. 2)

Mount Kilimanjaro’s Summit | Western Breach, Glaciers & Uhuru Peak (Pt. 2)

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What’s up everybody? I’m Alex aka Alexthevagabond, and you are watching Vagabrothers. And in this video we will be climbing Uhuru Peak at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro 19,341 feet or 5,850 odd meters. This is going to be a super hard climb. We’re going up the Western Breach route, which is essentially a landslide that we will be scurrying up entering right into the heart of the volcano into the crater and then onwards to Uhuru Peak and the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Right now we’re breaking down camp at Lava Tower. We’re at around 15,000 feet, and the first thing we have to do is hike another thousand feet up to Arrow Glacier Camp at around 16,000 feet. We’ll have a short overnight, wake up real early before the sun comes up, and take on the Western Breach. It’s going to be an awesome video…fingers crossed . We’re doing everything we can to make it to the top and to take you all with us. Let’s go 16,000 feet Arrow Glacier Camp 4,903 meters. We stay here overnight. Wake up tomorrow morning at 4 a.m., and then we climb that. Thank you. We should take a moment to just thank the porters at Kiliwarriors. They’re such rock stars. They went all the way up maybe three times as fast as we did. You get to camp at 16,000 feet Your tent set up, your bed is laid out. Your bags are here, superhuman feats. Look at this bag. That goes on somebody’s head. And they carry their own backpacks. So, I mean the porters are superhuman, and they’re always in good spirits, and that’s just so inspiring. It’s about three in the morning right now. We’ve had intermittent sleep between the Diamox wreaking havoc on our bladders every hour. And the cold, but it’s time to get packed up We got breakfast in about 20 minutes, and then we’re going to make our way up the Western Breach headlamps, helmets and pretty much all the articles of clothing that I packed. So the big day is upon us. It’s time to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. You gotta blow the water back down into the tube or else your nipple will freeze, quite literally. And then you have to take your bag off every time you want a sip of water. Not good Also had to stop and throw some toe warmers in my boots because I just straight-up could not feel my feet. But right now we’re… we’re making headway. “Pole pole.” Slowly, slowly, but we’re in the Rockfall Corridor. This is the most dangerous part of the climb because as you can see, there’s just giant boulders all around, and they’re holding together quite precariously. Hence, the reason we’re leaving so early in the morning because the cold temperatures kind of freeze the rocks together and make for a better climbing surface. So you can’t really linger here. But we’re making.. we’re making progress. We’re kind of getting up to the snow line. There’re headlamps very far up the mountain in front of us and some behind us as well, but we’re feeling good, and we’re well on our way. Time to keep climbing. I’ve never seen anything like that. Well, this has been one of the most beautiful, harsh, and savage sunrises of my life. We’re not even halfway up the Western Breach. We’ve been going for a solid two hours. But it’s a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful sunrise starting to get color in the sky. Mount Meru over there in the distance. What a way to start the day. Rocks stairs. Pretty rockin’ All right, well we have made it off the Rock Train and now starting to climb the Rock Stairs We have climbed. We are not done climbing. Not done. We have more, more to go. We’re going to do it. We’re not going to fall. That’s the plan. Look at these rock formations, dude. They’re crazy. It’s insanity Well, we just conquered the Western Breach, and I’m not going to lie. That was the most difficult climb of my life. I’ve tried hard to climb my way up stuff before. I’ve never tried that hard only hiking with my legs. Pretty crazy and rewarding to be up here. It’s beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful. We’re above the clouds; we’re on the roof of Africa. We’re not quite at the summit yet, though. We’re going to head over to that giant glacier over there part of the Northern Ice Field. Well, we have made it to the crater, and we’ve walked across an extremely alien landscape. It really just… I don’t know. It feels like you’re walking across the Moon or Mars or something. And then there are these huge glaciers. This is the Northern Glacier Ice Field This ice has been here for hundreds of thousands of years. Unfortunately, scientists believe that all the glaciers on Kilimanjaro will be completely melted and disappear by 2025. I feel honored and privileged to be able to come here and to touch this ice. Kilimanjaro was made famous by the snow-capped peak in equatorial Africa. By all accounts, it just should not be there and by all accounts in a few years, it won’t be. But what is really fascinating about this glacial field is that there’s no real water on the ground. Yes, it is melting but it’s doing so in an interesting way, a process called “sublimation.” Essentially, the hot intense tropical sun at this altitude is so strong that when it hits the ice, it instantly vaporizes it. It goes from a solid to a gas and it skips the liquid phase. I feel really honored to be able to explore it a little bit more than just going straight to the peak, touching the sign, and bouncing out because this place is really unique. There are very few environments like this on our planet. And to be honest, it feels like we’re on a different one. All right, after a three hour trek from the edge of the Western Breach to the glaciers we have made it to the top of Roush Crater. It is named after pastor Richard Roush. He set the record essentially for the most summits for a foreigner.. sixty-five summits. But on the inside of this crater is the ash pit, and that is essentially the heart of Kibo. It’s the heart of the volcano. It’s a 120 meters deep. It’s 360 meters wide, and it’s one of the most perfect examples of an ash pit in the world. So we have made it to the heart of the volcano. You can smell the sulfur. There’s actually sulfur just kind of littered around on the ground here. To be up here alone, to see the crater, to see the heart of the volcano, definitely worth it. The only thing we have left to do is to make it to the top of Uhuru Point. Let’s go I’m hurting real bad. I ran out of water at the top of the Western Breach, and then it took us about three hours to get to the glacier and then up to the rim of the volcano, and that whole time.. we were just out there in that strong sun with not enough water. My stomach’s acting up. I’ve got a headache. I am just like..breaking down. But we still have one more big push to the summit which is just over there. I’m going to drink another one of these, and I’m making it to the top. Last little bit..really got to push. I can barely even hold the camera up. We’ve got to touch that sign. Got to finish the climb. Well exactly 12 hours later, we have made it to Uhuru Point. Boom. 5,895 meters 19, 341 feet the roof of Africa the highest point in the continent and one of the Seven Summits. I also want to give a huge shout-out to my mom whose currently in the battle of her life fighting breast cancer, but she’s going hard and it’s all up here.. determination, positivity will always win the day. Just know that you can do anything that you put your mind to, and if you have to climb the mountain to prove it, then so be it. Make it this one. Even if you think you can’t do it, come here, climb with Kiliwarriors, push yourself ,and touch this sign. All right? Because you can do it. Couldn’t have done it without these guys Kiliwarriors. Thank you for having us. Thank you for getting us up here. It’s our pleasure. What did I learn from climbing Kilimanjaro? The lessons of the mountain are mysterious. Some are instantly apparent.. reaching the summit, challenging myself physically, creatively, etc while others take passage of time to reveal themselves. As you climb, the oxygen gets thinner, and you become way more aware of each individual breath. You focus your actions in this flow, this kind of innate walking meditation. Maybe it’s just being surrounded by the primal beauty of the elements that encourages you to tune back into the rhythm of the wild. To watch the sun rise and set to walk through this primeval land of lava and ice past plants and animals seen nowhere else on earth. To sleep under the shadow of the moon in the icy embrace of the mountain. Kilimanjaro taught me a profound appreciation for the value of breath our life-force. A fuel for our body that clears our thoughts but most profoundly breath brings us unconditionally back into the present and propels us into the future. Kilimanjaro makes you feel alive. Being up there the noise just falls away, and things get simple again: move, breathe, live, here, now in the present. That’s why I came. I guess that’s why we all come. It’s really that simple.

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  1. This was an incredible series.
    Sending your mom, you & your family all the best in this challenging fight. Stay strong, but also save space for vulnerability when needed. hugs

  2. What an amazing journey and achievement Alex. Thank you for taking us with you. These 2 videos made me day dream about making it happen as well. Incredible cinematics and the raw moments you recorded are so beautiful. Thank you once again and I'm sending my well wishes to your warrior mom 🙏🏼❤

  3. So very enjoyable, beautifully filmed and narrated. I always feel an emotional reaction to your vlogs and I think your sound track has a lot to do with that, along with your wonderful personality, of course. I love your message that encourages us to climb our personal mountain be it mental or physical 💕

  4. Enjoyed this. Brought back memories. I can relate to the Diamox issue. ha-ha. Climbed the western breach route about 16 yrs. ago. The glaciers at the top have shrunk a lot since my hike.

  5. One of the best episode of VagaBrothers on YouTube. I’d definitely love to touch the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. ❤️😌

  6. That was absolutely special and extremely well-done! Thanks Alex, Carlos and the whole gang…oh, and Marco, too, though he wasn't on the trip.

  7. My country Tanzania and my hometown Moshi, I feel so special to born in Moshi Tanzania and climb many times the mountain.
    Check out my last vlog I summit the Mt. Kilimanjaro.
    Show love from (TANZANIAN YOUTUBER)

  8. I know how hard it is to take the time to shoot pictures/video when you can barely breathe at high altitude. You and Carlos did an amazing job…and, OMG! you even busted out the drone for the crater shots. Fantastic storytelling, compelling video and terrific message. Loved the shout out to Jill. Congratulations on making it to the 19,341' summit after the dehydrating trek to the crater at 18,600! That took monster effort I'm sure! Awesome, Alex!

  9. Best wishes to your mom and family. There is a clinic in Mexico that has incredible results in fighting cancer .

  10. Someone suggested K2, that person must not like you. No offense, I know you don't have the skills to tackle it, though you could prove me wrong. Anyways, I wasn't as lucky as you when I summited, no view! 😞

  11. Wow! One of the best videos you have made so far. Visually appealing and your words at the end of the video underline that. 👍🏼

  12. Omgod I love their energy!! Hacunamata mates🤙✌👍the best part of this video was the ending, those beautiful faces n smiles that light up the way!!

  13. Alex! What an experience!!! Thank you so much for documenting it .🤗 These videos tug at me…they make me want to abandon my life and see the world.❤️

  14. 2 hours to sunrise, consider yourself lucky. We started at midnight and spent 6 hours in the dark until finally seeing the sun

  15. Karibuni tena…simply means…welcome home again. Wishing your Mom a quick and speedy recovery.

    Sincerely – Arusha resident

  16. This is beatufully produced <3 At the end I cound't stop myself from getting emotional. Loved to join the journey throught this videos. Thanks for sharing! Hugs from Portugal

  17. The Kili warriors are awesome and have necks of steel. More great work Alex but too bad Marko wasn't in this one to complete the team.

  18. Intense photography and video, paired with an intense respect for the Kili Warriors and the stunning natural surroundings made for a moving experience! Thank You

  19. Travel brings riches in life with experiences, learning and making new friends.✌💕


  20. This production is simply sublime. The flow of the entire video was spot on, showing the many terrains that awaits every hiker. To come here speaks of great will power and perseverance, plus an excellent team of porters and guides to support you. The days spent on the mountain proved crucial to acclimatize and rest the body between breaks. Adequate nutrition is also vital for the energy needed to accomplish the mission. Insya Allah, I be there in 2020 – Hisham from Malaysia

  21. I heard that glaciers to Kilimanja are disappearing due to global warming.
    It is really a pity.
    Thank you for the good video.

  22. I learned the value of the breath that grounds us to the present and propels us into the future.

    This frase is so profound and beautiful
    Thank you for sharing with us

  23. Wow wonderful! I subscribed to your channel!Love your content.🤚👌👍Enjoyed watching this beautiful video! All the love from Sri Lanka!❤❤❤

  24. Great all around! Loved the shout out to your Mom who gave you the passion to travel and I am sure appreciated the “never give up” attitude!

  25. Good job Alex and Carlos for reaching the summit. Thanks to your Kili Warriors Team for being the super humans of Kili. Much love and respect.🌏

  26. The sublimation process isn’t only possible because of the strong sun, the air pressure up there is so low that the flashpoint is reduced to about 80°C …

  27. This made me so happy. I’d love to do a half Ironman, Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, etc. in life. Congratulations Alex:) This is amazing, and shout out to everyone who helped you along the way, it doesn’t go unnoticed

  28. such a beautiful footage man , i am here in Tanzania and i want to pay a visit soon to go climb the mountain thanks for the heads up

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