The top of the Barranco Wall is a setting for celebration. It is still far from Kilimanjaro’s true summit, but with its menacing appearance, the Wall provides a mental test for every climber. Working hard at more than 13,000 feet of elevation is also good preparation for the physical challenges ahead.
Exposures on the Wall are limited but real. Serious injury is just one slip away. According to the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS), the Wall is a Class Four scramble, meaning it is a simple climb with some exposure, serious enough to require both hands and feet (Class Five is rock climbing in earnest, requiring ropes, protection, and technical moves).
At the top of this 850 foot barrier we do a little party, a little food, and a little dancing.
Photographs demonstrate that old white guys can jump, just not very high.
The Barranco Wall is a challenge. The good news is that it looks worse than it really is. Note the true summit (Kibo) rising higher on the left.
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