Sunset on the snows of Kilimanjaro, literally…

Sunset on the snows of Kilimanjaro, literally…

Sunset on the snows of Kilimanjaro, literally and figuratively. Three nights ago, our @ifit team got to spend the night at 18,500 foot Crater Camp after climbing the Lemosho-Western Breach route, a new route for me and a great chance to finally see the summit and crater up close and personal. It’s a stunning place, but the most striking part for me was seeing the Furtwängler Glacier – from which these icicles cling – and its state of rapid decline. Measuring some 113,000 square meters in 1976, it has been reduced now to a mere 11,000 square meters, and a fumarole underneath it has split the glacier in two. The Furtwängler’s disappearance mirrors the situation of all of Kili’s glaciers and permanent snowpack; within our lifetimes, the snows will be gone, the glaciers melted, and this snowy, equatorial giant transformed in a matter of decades. What impact that will have on the millions who live below, downstream, and depend on Kili for water, we don’t yet know, but I imagine the outlook is not good. | A huge honor to share this mountain and climb with a great team, including @chrismshane @kensauls @flyingbear1 @childcollin @amanda_basham @zac_marion @bybee.photo @tmophotos @scott.simper #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer #MountainsMatter #snowsofkilimanjaro #Kilimanjaro #shotonpixel #shotbypixel

Mount Kilimanjaro

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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