Catherine Gillbert OWN climbs Kilimanjaro

Written by  //  August 5, 2012  //  Catherine Gillbert, Wednesday Nights  //  3 Comments


Latest guide report received at 1627 BST on Saturday 4th August 2012
All 3 climbers succeeded in reaching Uhuru Peak – the summit – this morning. They are all very happy.

2 August
Latest guide report received at 0703 BST on Thursday 2nd August 2012
All 3 climbers are heading to 3rd Cave Camp for tonight and everything is going well.

1 August
Latest guide report received at 1034 BST on Wednesday 1st August 2012
All 3 climbers are feeling strong and we are on the way to Mawenzi Tarn, 4300m.
31 July:
Latest guide report received at 1455 BST on Tuesday 31st July 2012:
All 3 climbers are doing really well as we head Kikelewa Camp. We stopped for lunch at 2nd Caves and to enjoy the views.
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Dr. Catherine Gillbert is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in the first week of August to raise money for Our Harbour, a community organization that provides housing for people living with mental illness.

She has been working as a volunteer with this organization for 10 years and

we have recently lost a major donor, a foundation that has moved its focus to Toronto. This is my small effort to help replace some of those funds.
You can follow me at,, open the drop down menu in ‘Home’ and click on ‘Track a Climber’; the code is JAPH x 3, July 30 – Aug 5. Please donate to encourage me and support people with mental illness at


Catherine’s Route:
Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

Rongai Route ****

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation).
The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended.
Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.

3 Comments on "Catherine Gillbert OWN climbs Kilimanjaro"

  1. Diana Thebaud Nicholson August 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm ·

    Congratulations and hugs and kisses on your great achievement of Olympic proportions!
    Come down carefully and have a safe return home.
    Remarkable effort–far beyond my capabilities. David T. Jones
    Great! Tony
    Fantastic. She needs a special WN award, which we will all have to invent.

  2. John E. August 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm ·

    If Catherine’s Kilimanjaro achievement is part of a ‘bucket list,’ I cannot imagine a more dazzling or more inspiring feat! Brava!

  3. Helene Audren August 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm ·

    Dear Catherine,

    Courage is the quality I admire most and you have plenty of it !


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