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KIBLER, STUDENT AND GUIDE AT 15000FT, TEMPLE SITE BENEATH KILIMANJARO

2004 - Mount Kilimanjaro and Serengeti

In June 2004, Professors Alexandra Deufel (Biology) and Robert Kibler (Humanities) led a group of students to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Afterwards, the group went into the Serengeti on safari. At nearly 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world, the highest point on the African continent, one of the famous seven summits of the world, and a place of mystery and fascination the world over. Students began physical training regimens months before departing, and all successfully made the climb to either Gilman’s Point or Uruhu Peak-the two summits. The climb took 5 hard days, beginning in rainforest and ending amid the thin glacial air of the barren mountain top. The final summit bid began at midnight, with group members wearing headlamps and scrambling up frozen mountain scree and rock through a blizzard.

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After climbing down the mountain, students jumped into an old British Amry truck and headed out on safari. The first stop was the Ngorogoro Crater or Caldera-formed when a mountain collapsed millions of years ago, trapping prey and predator alike at its bottom, thus setting conditions for a balanced ecosystem full of elephant, monkey, baboon, zebra, gazelle, wildebeest, lion, hyena, and hippo. Afterwards, the group visited the nomadic Masai people, who herd cattle in the Serengeti, staying in temporary huts made of cow dung, and guarding their herds from lions and hyena with spear and bush knife. Their ancestors were perhaps the ones whose 1.75 million year old footprints were discovered trapped in volcanic ash in nearby Oldupai Gorge by the Leakeys. Students had the opportunity to earn course credit by keeping scientific journals and by researching subjects related to the mountain, the Serengeti, or colonial enterprises and national independence in Tanzania.



Photo Gallery

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Kibler, Student and Guide at 15000ft temple
site beneath top of Kilimanjaro.
 
Armstrong, Severson, Kibler, and Dahle top of Kilimanjaro 20,000ft 7 June, 2004.
MSU students on top
of Kilimanjaro 20,000ft 7 June, 2004.
 
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Horomobo Camp 12000ft, Mawenzi Peak
to the right.
 
Kibler with Masai Prince, Serengeti.
Kibler with Masai prince, Serengeti.
 
Severson, Deufel, Dahle, Schwan & Armstrong at Arusha State Park.
MSU students and professor Arusha State
Park.
 
Alex in door at Arusha school.
Alex in door at Arusha school.
 
Michaela and Alex with Masai women in serengeti.
MSU students with Masai women
in Serengeti.
 
Masai men with spears to ward off lions in serengeti.
Masai men with spears to ward off lions
in Serengeti.
 
Lone Giraffe crosses Serengeti.
Lone Giraffe crosses Serengeti.
 
Baboon group in Serengeti.
Baboon group in Serengeti.
 
Elephant herd in Serengeti plain.
Elephant herd in Serengeti plain.
 
Flamingos and Zebra, Ngorogoro Crater.
Flamingos and Zebra, Ngorogoro Crater.
 
Giraffes at Arusha National Park, Tanzania.
Giraffes at Arusha National Park, Tanzania.
 
Vervet or Black Faced monkies.
Vervet or Black Faced monkies.
 
Lion trio in Serengeti savannah.
Lion trio in Serengeti savannah.
 
Lion walking, Serengeti.
Lion walking, Serengeti.
 
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Lion with cub Serengeti.
 
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Lions in Serengeti.
 
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Marabou Stork, Serengeti.



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Individual Clips

Video 01 Base Camp
Video 02 Trail Footage
Video 03 Morning
Video 04 Elephants
Video 05 Zebras & flamingos at waterhole
Video 06 Giraffe
Video 07 Hippos
Video 08 Wildebeest
Video 09 Hike
Video 10 Hyena & wildebeest
Video 11 Lions resting
Video 12 More lions
Video 13 Lion & cubs
Video 14 Village, song & dance
Video 15 Village & dung hut
Video 16 Mongoose
Video 17 Monitor lizzard
Video 18 Monkeys in Canopy
Video 19 Ostrich
Video 20 Waterfall & Jungle
Video 21 Jungle
Video 22 Larger Waterfall