Today, our guest speaker was Alex Stevens. His is a fascinating presentation of his climb, together with four friends, of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest single free-standing mountain in Africa at 19,341 ft above sea level and about 16,100 ft above its plateau base. Below is the link to his slide presentation. While missing his accompanying narrative, it is well worth viewing. 
Select salient points:
  • This is a strenuous ascent and descent, with elevation acclimation and temperature extremes being prime considerations
  • Sections of the climb are risky. See slides 30 (hug the mountain) and 34 (evacuation helicopter). While rare, there have been deaths, but none on their climb. 
  • Climbs are very well organized with accommodations, meals, guides, and porters provided.