As the month of October winds down, geocachers around the world are completing their ascent of Elbrus and getting ready for a new adventure in November when we will make our way to the top of the tallest mountain on the continent of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Cachers have until November 1 at noon UTC (convert to local time here) to earn the Elbrus Basecamp and Summit souvenirs before the leaderboard resets to zero and we start our climb up Kilimanjaro.
Uhuru, the name of Kilimanjaro’s highest peak, stands 5,895 meters tall over the plains of Tanzania near the Kenyan border. This peak is on the rim of one of the mountain’s three volcanic cones. The two shorter cones, Shira and Mawenzi, are extinct and have a more subdued physical appearance compared to the tallest cone, Kibo. Kibo reaches to the skies in a distinct conical shape, with its rocky top streaked white with snow. Unlike Shira and Mawenzi, Kibo is dormant and not extinct. However, no activity has been detected on Kibo in many years, so the chances of a volcanic eruption interrupting an ascent is very unlikely.
Cachers must collect 325 points to earn the Kilimanjaro Basecamp souvenir and 5,895 points to earn the Kilimanjaro Summit souvenir.
Each month of Reach the Peak has different point values for finding geocaches and Adventures. Here are the point values for our ascent of Kilimanjaro:
|Found a Mystery Cache||700|
|Found a Multi-Cache||600|
|Found an EarthCache||500|
|Found a Letterbox Hybrid||450|
|Found an Adventure Location||400|
The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 700 points.
Read our Reach the Peak announcement blog post for FAQs and more information about the challenge.