Three climbers die on Kilimanjaro

Posted on January 6, 2006 in ClimbingKilimanjaroInformationSport

An interesting story just before we fly off to Kilimanjaro. Its comforting to know that this incident occurred on the Western Breach of the mountain which we are not climbing on as we’re doing the Rongai Route which approaches the peak from the North side of the mountain.

According to the BBC news story:

Three tourists have been killed in a rockslide on Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest mountain - in the north of Tanzania.
It is reported that at least one of the dead climbers is American.

One more climber and four guides were seriously injured as strong winds prompted a rock slide.

“A rapid change of weather forced several rocks to tumble and slide down the gradient,” chief game warden James Wakibara told AFP news agency.

“The rocks hit a group of tourists who were en route to the peak and three were killed.”

The accident took place at an altitude of nearly 5,000m, close to Arrow Glacier base camp.

This year entry prices were doubled for climbers, in an attempt to restrict numbers on the mountain to protect the environment.

Around 25,000 visitors climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year, compared to 15,000 visitors 10 years ago.


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