Saturday, November 19, 2005

What on earth am I thinking?!?!!!


Elevations and Distances for Machame Route

This is an outline of elevations, distances and hiking times for the Machame route. All of these are estimates and have a small margin of error depending upon where you measure them from, your pace of travel, and the exact trails you choose to take.

Machame Route Breakdown:

Day 1: Machame Gate (1634 m/5,363 ft) to Machame Hut (2834 m/9,300 ft)
Hike time: 7.5 hrs
Elevation change: +1200 m/+3937 ft
Estimated distance: 10km/6.21 miles
Final elevation: 3100 m/10,170 ft

Day 2: Machame Hut (2834 m/9,300 ft) to Shira Hut (3749 m/12,300 ft)
Hike time: 7 hrs
Elevation change: +800 m/+244 ft
Estimated distance: 6km/3.75 miles
Final elevation: 3800 m/12,467 ft

Day 3: Shira Hut (3749 m/12,300 ft) to Barranco Hut (3901 m/12,800 ft)
Hike time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
Estimated distance: ?
Final elevation: 3900 m/12,800 ft

Day 4: Barranco Hut (3900 m/12,800 ft) to Karanga Valley (3963 m/13,000 ft)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 3963 m/13,000 ft

Day 5: Karanga Valley (3963 m/13,000 ft) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m/15,091 ft)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +600 m/+1968 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091 ft) to the Summit (5896 m/19,343 ft) and then to Mweka Camp (3100 m/10,170 ft)
Summit time: 7 hrs
Elevation change: +1300 m/+4265 ft
Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles
Final elevation: 5896 m/19343 ft
Descent time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: -2800 m/-9186 ft
Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles
Final elevation: 3100 m, 10,170 ft

Day 7: Mweka Hut (3100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1828 m/6,000 ft)
Descent time: 4 hrs
Elevation change: -1250 m/-4101 ft
Estimated distance: 10km/6.21
Final elevation: 1828 m/6000 ft


Blogger lys said...

Whoa! Days 1 and 6 look like killers. I'm feeling a post-run endorphin high right now, and looking at that climb profile puts a bit of fear in my heart. :)

11:57 AM  
Blogger marisa said...

No kidding! If it puts a bit of fear in your heart, think of what it's doing to me! Run..I can't even run, my body doesn't like that. Yeesh. I guess we'll see. I'm also worried about how friggin' cold it'll be on the mountain!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, day 1 doesn't look that bad since it's starting at a managable altitude. The hike time seems like a sauntering pace given the distance of 6 something miles and elevation change of whatever.

That being said, day 6 looks like a bitch at that altitude for the push and well, it'll be cold as hell.. haha. In the end though, hiking is hiking and I think that route is pretty non-technical which should be nice.

Give us an update on how your high performance gear making is going. I wish I could learn how to do that sort of thing.

So when are you going to come out to California?

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opps, that was me (Lanny) posting above.. haha.

2:57 AM  
Blogger marisa said...

Hey Lanny! Will put some posts on the cold weather gear I make. I just made a set of mittens to go over my gloves, and now am working on a fleece liner for a wool hat.

California? Well, I'll be out there one of these days! Beautiful place.

1:34 PM  

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