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Benjamin Dodge • Seek Adventure

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Ben Dodge and Gary Raymond Head to Mt Kilimanjaro

We are excited to seek a new adventure in addition to our cycling this year. We added a Summit Expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free standing mountain (not a part of any mountain range). It rises up out of and towers over the infamous Serengeti plains in North East Africa, specifically Tanzania. It has a total height of 19,341′. It is one of the “Seven Summits.” We have booked our expedition with Ultimate Kilimanjaro. We are taking the Lemosho route.

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Ultimate Kilimanjaro® specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

You can track us on our live tracking map above. If we get lucky enough to post to social media during the trek (unlikely due to lack of cell phone reception) then you can find those on FaceBook and Instagram. Ben Dodge is @bendodge_seekadventure on Insta; and ben.dodge.bicycle.lawyer on FaceBook. My expedition partner is my good friend and BAA teammate Gary Raymond. He can be found at @old.man.power on Insta; and gary.raymon.1848 on FaceBook.