DescriptionI climbed Kili in for the first time in 1998, summiting at X-mas morning, creating a very special experience. Not only was this the first of my '7summits', but it was quite amazing to have a white X-mas close to the equator in Africa!5 years later I flew over Kili when working on the Planet Race. Most of the crew and contestants were asleep due to the brutal working scheme, but I knew that this image was going to appear as it was amazingly clear when flying from Nairobi. You can see 3 peaks in the image, at the left bottom is Mwenzi Peak, in the center is Kibo Peak. Both of them are part of the Kilimanjaro mountain, with Uhuru Peak -the highest point and therefore the Summit of Africa- being the highest point of the crater rim on Kibo.In the back you can see Mt Meru, a separate volcano, about 60km away from Kibo, close to the city of Arusha.Kilimanjaro was known for its impressive glaciers, but they are dissappearing at an alarming speed as can clearly be seen on this image. It does not matter what you think of the different theories for the reason for Global Warming, fact is it is happening and yes, though I actively try to limit the size of my footprint impact on the earth, flights like mine are definitely not improving the situation.If you want to enjoy the experience of hiking between glaciers close to the equator, you better be very quick, as these glaciers might be gone forever in the next decade..
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..