Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.
Cartensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya)
Puncak Jaya, sometimes called Mount Carstensz or the Carstensz Pyramid (/ˈkɑrstənz/), is a mountain in the Sudirman Range, the western central highlands of Papua province, Indonesia (within Puncak Jaya Regency).
Vinson Massif is the highest mountain of Antarctica, lying in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, which stand above the Ronne Ice Shelf near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres or 19,341 ft above sea level (the Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak).
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Wagagai (4,321m), being in Uganda.
- Sudek (4,302m or 14,140;ft) in Kenya
- Koitobos (4,222m or 13,248;ft), a flat topped basalt column (Kenya)
- Mubiyi (4,211m or 13,816;ft)
- Masaba (4,161m or 13,650;ft)
- The caldera — Elgon's is one of the largest intact calderas in the world
- The warm springs by the Suam River
- Endebess Bluff (2563m or 8408 ft)
- Ngwarisha, Makingeny, Chepnyalil and Kitum caves. Kitum Cave is over 60 metres wide and penetrates 200 metres. It is frequented by wild elephants who lick the salt exposed by gouging the walls with their tusks. It became notorious following the publication of Richard Preston's book The Hot Zone in 1994 for its association with the Marburg virus after two people who had visited the cave (one in 1980 and another in 1987) contracted the disease and died.
The mountain soils are red laterite. The mountain is the catchment area for the several rivers such as the Suam River which becomes the Turkwel downstream and which drains into Lake Turkana, the Nzoia River and the Lwakhakha which flow to Lake Victoria. The town of Kitale is in the foothills of the mountain. The area around the mountain is protected by two Mount Elgon National Parks one on each side of the international border.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|An oasis in the Ahaggar Mountains|
|Cathkin Peak||3,377||Lesotho-South Africa||Africa|
|Impati Mountain||1,600||South Africa||Africa|
|Mount Kilimanjaro||5,895||Tanzania-Highest mountain in Africa||Africa|
|Mount Luigi di Savoia||4,627||Congo-Uganda||Africa|
|Mount Meru||4,566||Tanzania-Little known due to its close proximity to Kilimanjaro||Africa|
|Pico del Teide||3,717||Tenerife-Highest mountain in spain (although geographically in Africa||Africa|
|Table Mountain/tafelberg||1,088||Cape Town-South Africa||Africa|
|Thabana Ntlenyana||3,482||Lesotho-Highest mountain in Lesotho and suthern Africa||Africa|
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
- Puente del Inca, 2,740m (8,990 ft): A small village on the main road, with facilities including a lodge.
- Confluencia, 3,380m (11,090 ft): A camp site a few hours into the national park.
- Plaza de Mulas, 4,370m (14,340 ft): Base camp, claimed to be the second largest in the world (after Everest). There are several meal tents, showers and internet access. There is a lodge approx. 1 km from the main campsite across the glacier.
- Camp Canadá, 5,050 metres (16,570 ft): A large ledge overlooking Plaza de Mulas.
- Camp Alaska, 5,200 metres (17,060 ft): Called 'change of slope' in Spanish, a small site as the slope from Plaza de Mulas to Nido de Cóndores lessens. Not commonly used.
- Nido de Cóndores, 5,570 metres (18,270 ft): A large plateau with beautiful views. There is usually a park ranger camped here.
- Camp Berlín, 5,940 metres (19,490 ft): The classic high camp, offering reasonable wind protection.
- Camp Colera, 5,980 metres (19,620 ft): A larger while slightly more exposed camp situated directly at the north ridge near Camp Berlín, with growing popularity.
- Several sites possible for camping or bivouac, including Piedras Blancas (~6100m) and Independencia (~6350m), exist above Colera, however they are seldom used and offer little protection.