CRIS member Lutz achieves personal goal of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
Dr Lutz Preuss has just returned from Tanzania, where he accomplished a personal goal: to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. At 5,895 metres it is the highest peak in Africa, and of much of the rest of the world outside the Himalayas and Andes. From about 3,000 metres onwards climbers wander above the clouds, but that also means that as soon as the sun is gone down temperatures drop well below zero. “Having spent much of my working life teaching sustainability, I thought I’d have some profound thoughts at the top, perhaps about Kili’s receding glaciers”, said Dr Preuss. “To be honest, I couldn't get beyond, 'what a hard slog, I want to crawl back into my sleeping bag now!'”
Above the clouds: neighbouring Mount Meru in the background.
Lutz on the Shira plateau,with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background.
Lutz at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Roof of Africa: moonscape with glacier.
7th July 2009