News from the KiliMAN

Februar 22nd, 2011

Vor dem Ministerbesuch hat noch Mike vom Berg angerufen. Alles läuft gut, die Gruppe war im Barranco Camp, nur einige aus der TCRP Gruppe aus Singapore frieren in ihren Schlafsäcken. Da wir die Säcke vermietet haben hat Mike noch weitere zum Draufpacken in Moshi bestellt. Die Supply Porter bringen dann die zusätzlichen Schlafsäcke mit dem Essen in das Karanga Valley Camp, wo die Gruppe heute am Dienstag, dem 21.2.2024 Mittagspause macht.

Short in English: Monday (20.02.2024) they have arrived in Baranco Camp and will go thru the Barranco wall tomorrow. All is fine (Mike called) except that some from the TCRP from Singapore are friesing in the night. All of the group rented sleeping bag from us and so Mike decided to order some more. The supply porter will bring it tomorrow to Karanga Valley, where the group will has lunch.

Trans Kili Run- ein großer Schritt zum Ziel

Februar 22nd, 2011

Heute habe ich dem Minister für Tourismus die Hand drücken dürfen. Es ist Mr. Ezakiel Maige. Es war großes Glück, da er gerade auf Reise gehen wollte. Sein Private Secretary Mr. Egidius Mweyunge will sich der Sache annehmen und bis zur ITB alles aufarbeiten, also z. B. Tanapa kontaktieren und fragen, wo es klemmt. Zu verdanken habe ich das Mr. Musa Kopwe vom Tanzanischen Touristboard, einem jahrelangem Bekannten. Er mag die Idee und hat einfach den Minister angerufen und wir sind sofort gemeinsam hingefahren. Alles hat nur eine Stunde gedauert, inklusive in die beigelegte Trans Alpine Run DVD schauen und einen Blick auf unsere Webseite werfen. Mr. Mweyunge und Musa können sich keinen Reim darauf machen, warum Tanapa schweigt. Mr. Mweyunge: Aber das ist doch eine gute Werbung für Tanzania! Wir sind also vorsichtig optimistisch und am 11 oder 12 März wissen wir mehr, da soll ich den Minister noch einmal auf der ITB in Berlin zum Thema treffen.

Bin dann noch zur deutschen Botschaft, die ich per Email um einen Termin gebeten hatte mit der Bitte um Hilfe und ggf. einen direkten Draht zu Mr. Maige unter Umgehung von Tanapa. Die Antwort hat mich nicht per Email erreicht, aber es war ein Brief hinterlegt. Korrekterweise sagt die Botschaft, dass sie nicht in den Geschäftsprozesse eingreifen kann und empfiehlt noch einmal mit Tanapa zu sprechen. Habe Unterlagen da gelassen und angefragt, ob der deutsche Botschafter Schirmherr der Veranstaltung werden könnte.


Short in English:

Today I shaked hand with the Minister of Tourism of Tanzania, Mr. Ezakiel Maige. His private secretary will follow up and figure out why Tanapa is not supporting the event. We hope for a next meeting with the Minister on March 11 or 12 during the ITB in Berlin.

Have also ask the German Ambassador if he likes to be a guest of honar to our first Trans Kili Run in 2013. So, things start to become better!


6. Kilimanjaro Adventure Challenge is running

Februar 20th, 2011

Gestern früh haben 19 KiliMAN-Teilnehmer aus 7 Ländern (Indien, Singapur, Deutschland, USA, Kanada Südafrika und Niederlande) die Besteigung des Kilimanjaro begonnen. Es geht wie immer 6 Tage über die Machame Route. So eine große Crew hatten wir lange nicht: 46 Porter, 4 Köche und 7 Guides. Das Wetter ist nicht so doll, viel Regen bzw. Schnee. Alle sind gesund und motiviert, Uhuru Peak zu erreichen. Wir wünschen allen viel Erfolg! Anliegend Fotos vom Briefing und vom Machame Gate. Jan will uns mit SMS auf dem laufenden halten.

P.S. Für die Organisation gibt es auch Herausforderungen: Am Ankunfstag vieler Teilnehmer war der Flugverkehr über Tansania zum Erliegen gekommen, da es eine Explosion nahe des Daressalamer Flugplatzes gab, mit mehr als 30 Toten. Und seit drei Tagen kein Strom. Da geht dann nichts mehr…Bin heute (Sonntag) in Daressalam, um unseren Trans Kilimanjaro Run zu befördern. Erwäge Sitzblokade vor dem Ministerium für Tourismus ;-) Auch die deutsche Botschaft hat leider nicht auf die Email geantwortet mit der Bitte um einen Termin. Sollten die Mitarbeiter von der afrikanischen Geschwindigkeit angesteckt sein?


Short in English:

19 KiliMAN from 19 countries (India, Singapore, Germany, USA, Canada, South Africa and Netherland) started climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame yesterday in the morning. The will be back in 6 days. All are fine and ready to make the top! Attached pictures from the briefing and Machame gate. Such big crew we did not have since some time: 46 porter, 4 cooks, 7 guides! The wether conditions are not so great: Lot of rain resp. snow. We wish all climbers success. Jan will try to send SMS from the mountain and we will put them to the blog.

P.S. Also for the organization team some challanges: on the arrival day was the air traffic over Tanzania mothly closed. The day before was a explosion near the airport Daressalam and more than 30 peple died. Also since three days no power. Without electricity after some time nothing is going anymore…

I write this blog in Daressalam (Sunday). Will try to make a sit in in front of the Ministry of Tourism ;-) to push our event Trans Kilimanjaro Run! Like also to see somebody from the German Ambassy, but they did not anwered my Email since a week. Should they be infected from African speed?




KiliMAN Jan

Februar 15th, 2011

I am getting really excited now, only a couple more days….it feels like my birthday is coming up with lots of great presents and surprises!

A Dutchman, expert in Supply Chains – with an unapologetic high level of attention to detail (see graphical representation of training on my blog!) – yet despite this sensible persona I have an irresistible urge to grasp life by the horns, to experience and absorb the world and to push my body and mind to extremes.

An equally mad friend - Jilly mentioned a challenge to not just climb Kilimanjaro but to cycle round it (200km) followed by running the Kilimanjaro marathon. I scoffed, I laughed, she didn’t enter… but I did…

It is getting real close now and the usual last minute (or rather week and a half) panic is hitting me: am I prepared well enough, do I have everything in terms of gear, do I need to keep training or not? and so on and so on. Funny thing is that I found a particular week in my trainings that was real good in terms of times and general fitness. Tried to track down why this may have occurred and it could be a combination of light training the week before and eating a huge breakfast and two hot meals a day (when I was in Mumbai). So I might do that this week and see if it really helps.

Participation of TRCP

Februar 11th, 2011

We are happy about the participation of a group from TRCP, see Anina, Alexandra, Tingjun and Wong will take part in the whole KiliMAN and Lynda, Chua, Aparna, Niruvashnee, Kunal, Fei Xiang and Christine will climb with us. The group is arriving on February 13 already to volunteer in the Amani Childrens Home in Moshi before the KiliMAN event (see and last but not least TCRP’s 2011 Mission: To raise S$25,000 (£13,000) to purchase a larger farm for Amani Children’s Home.

KiliMAN Toby

Februar 11th, 2011

Another KiliMAN has his own pages, Toby Farmer! We are happy that also Joshua, who did the videos will join the event and hope for similar good movies!

KiliMAN Francois

Februar 10th, 2011

Francois has a blog. Please read his remarks shortly before he will come to Moshi under

Totally we are now 4 women and 6 men who will make the complete KiliMAN. Additional 14 are biking only, 7 climbing only and one biking&running and one climbing&running.

A big group and we from the organization team are already excited about the upcoming challenge!

TransKilimanjaroRun on YouTube

Februar 5th, 2011

We are on YouTube! It has worked and you can see what Richard did in his first movie ever as camera man and director:

Kili training blog

Januar 11th, 2011

Hi, my name is Mark Taylor. The nice people at Chagga tours got in touch and suggested I write a few notes about what it is like to train for this event, while being based full time here in Tanzania, the host nation. Gladly:

The first thing that I think of is; “It’s mad.” To different people, for different reasons, it is mad. The locals think it is mad. Without going too deeply into social science, exercise is not normally a lifestyle choice here in East Africa, and certainly not where we are based, in the poor, rural South. My wife and I work in public health and live in Mtwara, a sprawling community that makes its living by fishing and harvesting cashew nuts. We try, despite the heat and the dust, to keep up with some sport and stay fit, but it is hard work. Riding a bike for fitness or for pleasure is not something that most Tanzanians would contemplate – they do it to get to work, or even as their job, for instance delivering crates of drinks to bars – but very few people would do it for fun. And as for trying to stay in shape? Many villages in rural Tanzania still experience true hunger at certain times of year, and there is a pragmatic desire among many young people to GET fat, rather than to lose fat. The social pressures are totally different here. A friend of mine told a funny story of how she would go running in neighbouring Burundi, and frightened locals would stop her, and demand to know what she was running from; a lion, an angry mob…? The sight of a white man – a man who can afford an air conditioned car – choosing instead to ride a bike under the African sun, is a strange thing and a strange idea to many Tanzanians, and sometimes, as the sweat drips from my soaking wet shirt, I can understand why.

This leads me to acknowledge that training for this event, at this time of year, occasionally does feel a bit mad to me too. I will admit now that in terms of long distance events like this; “I’ve got form”, as the British police would say. I did an Ironman race about 18 months ago, so long training sessions around the dirt roads to Tz are familiar to me. But that actually had a couple of advantages;

Firstly, it was a Northern hemisphere summer race, so my training sessions during the height of Tz summer (November to February) were actually shorter ones, and I did my long sessions when the weather began to get a little cooler from March through July. Despite this, any bike or run session had to be followed by 2 cold showers, the first just to slow my sweating, and the second about half an hour later, to attempt to get clean.

Secondly, an Ironman starts with a swim, so even if 2/3 of my training was hot and dusty, i could always enjoy the times I got to plunge into the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, and swim between the fishes and the lobsters in Mtwara bay. No such relief this time, as Kiliman is too far inland to have a water element!

So what is a training session in Tanzania like? It goes roughly like this:

Alarm goes off at about 4am. Put on the kit lined up from the night before. Force porridge and coffee into yourself and check the tyres are still pumped up. Smear sunblock on head, neck and arms, grab sunglasses and a hat. Then get ready with lots of water bottles and a backpack of tools and emergency supplies, and get into the saddle before the temperature starts to soar.

The first hour or so feels strange. The dirt roads look spooky with nobody around, nightjars flutter away at the last moment making you jump. Feeling dozey from the early morning and slightly sick from the rushed breakfast, I try to focus on good smooth technique, and remind myself why I am doing it. Then the sun and the people emerge for the day, and everything gets busier. Time to head out into the villages. The roads outside town are great for riding, having few cars and a dirt surface, but smooth enough to go quite fast. (In town is a different matter and the standard of driving in Tanzania is generally horrific. I recommend that all competitors get into the habit of looking over their shoulder at EVERY vehicle they hear approaching, especially bigger diesel engines that are likely to be lorries or “dala dalas”- cheap communal minibuses. I’ve been hit by two of these but fortunately both times I was in my car).

Monkeys, eagles, lizards and all manner of other beautiful things scatter from the quieter country roads as you approach. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even be lucky enough to see a leopard or a python, resting silently in the shade near the country tracks. Schoolchildren are always amazed and usually delighted to see a stranger pedal through their village, and will wave and cheer even a single rider! Sometimes, when I’ve been riding for 4 hours and I am tired and hungry and thirsty, I start to find all the noise and attention rather annoying. I’ve been here over two years and I wish I wasn’t still treated as such an outsider. But then I remember training rides in London – the traffic lights, the exhaust fumes and the white-van-drivers swearing or occasionally spitting at me – and I remember how lucky I am to be doing this in Africa.

So, Karibuni sana, you are all very welcome to Tanzania. I am sure that Kiliman is going to be a huge experience, no matter which combination of the 3 stages you sign up for. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow bikers and chatting with a cold beer afterwards.

Preparation for KiliMAN 2011

September 27th, 2010

Hi my name is Greg Wilson, I am planning to participate in the 2011 edition of the Kiliman Adventure Challenge. Christina asked me to write something about myself and the training I am doing to prepare for the Kiliman.

So here goes. I am a US citizen currently working and residing with my family in Saudi Arabia and work for the oil & gas company Saudi Aramco as a Loss Prevention Engineer. I enjoy the outdoors and anything that has to do with moving through it, below it or above it. I am an active runner, cyclist, swimmer, scuba diver, trekker, and when near facilities a tennis player and golfer. Unfortunately, the winds of time are slowing me down so even though I prepare to compete in events I find that now I get the most out them just participating and enjoying the moments. Anyway, that’s the story I will stick with to justify any poor times I might post.

As far as training, my training is going well at this point as I am now fully recovered from the broken collar bone I suffered in a bicycle crash last June during a training ride. (I hit the pavement at 38KPH, good thing I was wearing a helmet because I landed directly on my head then shoulder). But I did manage one month later to run the 42K Voyager trail marathon in Duluth Minnesota USA in July, it was very painful on my shoulder but I pushed through and finished the course. I was also able to do some trekking and climbing over the summer visiting Zion National Park in Utah USA summiting Angels Landing (368 m) again. Angels Landing even though only 368 m is a strenuous little hike it only takes about 4-5 hours to go up and down but the view of the canyon from the top is amazing. (see web address below) It seems that I can never go up there enough. A week later we visited Mt. Charleston in southern Nevada near the famous city of Las Vegas and climbed up to Charleston Peak (3632 m). Our summit day was about 14 hours up and down, we had to carry all our water because there is no water on the trail, this was really tough on my not yet completely healed collar bone. But as usual, it was worth it as the summit provided a beautiful view down the canyon leading into the Las Vegas Valley.

I am now back to running over 50K per week and cycling over 200K per week, swimming is still tough on my my shoulder but it seems to be improving all the time and I am incrementally increasing distance each week per my tri/marathon/cycle training program in continuing preparation for the upcoming local race season here in Saudi Arabia. I have several races coming up before coming to Africa in February including two triathlons, a sprint and olympic length, a couple of single stage cycle races and the Dubai marathon on January 21. So if I don’t injure myself before coming to Africa at the end of February I should be in great shape.