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Rescued on Kilimanjaro

One of the 3 percent
One of the 3 percent
I can’t confirm these reports, but recently I read that 31,899 people attempted to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro last year. That’s about 7,000 more than the previous year, which was around 25,000 climbers. Out of all those people, 993 had to be rescued from the mountain. It’s about 3 percent of all people going up the mountain which is relatively low.

How the park authorities define “rescue” is unclear, but it means the climbers probably suffered altitude sicknesses and had to be transported down the mountain.

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 1 comment | April 11th, 2006
Tags: Mountain Warnings on Kili
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By Ed | April 12th, 2006

These are interesting numbers. I would guess 35% of the trekkers walk off the mountain because of their own limits and decision. I’d also like to know if the outfitters of the 3% had any clue a client was reaching a “wall” after which only “rescue” is an option. On my own trip, our blood was checked twice a day to see if we were acclimating. It really helped our confidence when we felt rotten. Which happened from time to time.


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