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Western Breach – Arrow Glacier Closed

As reported in March of 2006 “Western Breach Still Closed” there was an announcement last week that the Western Breach will remain closed indefinitely. This included the two trails that head up to Arrow Glacier Camp. The scientists fear that potentially another incident could happen again.

That means, one of the most popular, and hardest routes up Mt.Kilimanjaro, will no longer be able to cater to the high-end people who generally use that route. This Western Breach is generally used by a number of high-end companies who truly want to give their clients a great adventure – and charge high prices for it.

Now most clients will have to take the Machame Route.

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By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 1 comment | April 19th, 2006
Tags: Routes up Kilimanjaro
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By Ed | April 20th, 2006

What a bummer.
Climbing the Breach was one of THE most awesome things I have ever done in my life. Add to that the opportunity to camp on the crater and those two days became the defining moments of out trip. I felt more connected to life after the Breach climb than on summit day.
The people that made the decision to close the route are the same folks that put “do not drink” warning labels on cans of gasolene.
I hope the family members of the three climbers that died in the January 06 rock fall find peace in the decision because they deserve it.
The rest of the people in the world who will never get the chance to climb it can only wonder.


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