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Skiing on Kilimanjaro?

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By Turtle - Posted on 27 September 2008

I've been reading a book called Beyond Everest, by Patrick Morrow, the Canadian mountaineer who was the first to climb the 7 summits. (Well, actually there's some dispute about that, since not everybody agrees on what to consider as the highest point in Australia/Oceania). I'm more than a little bit obsessed with skiing, so I was intrigued by Pat's description of skiing on Kilimanjaro.

He wrote of the disbelief when people in Africa saw his skis (one tour guide said "You want to ski? Impossible. There is no snow up there"), and then of skiing along the summit ridge ("we cranked a few telemark turns that drew us tantalizingly close to what could have become a screamer of a run into the clouds below. If there had been a layer of corn snow to give our edges purchase, we could have carved turns several hundred yards further down...")

Has anybody else out there skied Kilimanjaro, or seen anybody attempt it?

Turtle says "pole pole"