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Update on Kilimanjaro Porter Death

Here are more details on the recent death of a porter on Kilimanjaro.

It appears that the porter was sick with a very bad cough, and he was vomiting blood at some point. Unfortunately, he stayed on the mountain for at least another 24 hours before being sent to a lower elevation. He had to carry a bag when he descended and had poor clothing for the rainy weather. He died while being transported on the cart down the mountain on the Marangu Route.

This is another sad day for a climbing industry that make millions and millions of dollars off Mt. Kilimanjaro, but can’t put together some basic rules and regulations that makes sure everyone – including the porters – gets down the mountain safely. If anyone is vomiting blood and had poor gear during the rainy season, it’s everyone’s responsibility to get them down the mountain as soon as possible.

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 3 comments | October 17th, 2006
Tags: Mountain Warnings on Kili, Porters
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By Alison | October 21st, 2006

I climbed Kili with Zara and hear that the Porter who died was a Zara porter. Does anyone have a name? All our porters were fantastic and if I find it was someone I new I would like to post a photo in memorial. This news is very upsetting to me.

By lori | October 26th, 2006

a porter also died during the week of oct 1st.
at kibo hut.

By Xman | April 23rd, 2008

Climb Kili in February with Zara and all our porters were great. Charley and Johnny, our main guides provide me and the rest of my group with one of the best experience of my life. I would be very sad if any of those kids got hurt. Does anybody know the name?



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