Reaching an elevation of 19,334 ft above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro was created by a giant stratovolcano that began forming over a million years ago.
Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanoes: Shira (13,000 ft), Mawenzi (16,893 ft), and Kibo (19,334 ft). At an elevation of 19,344 feet, Uhuru Peak – the Climb for Sight's destination – is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.
Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant (though its last major eruption was over 360,000 years ago). Because it is a free-standing mountain, the views of Kilimanjaro's peaks – and of the area surrounding Kilimanjaro as during the ascent – are absolutely breathtaking.
Just back from my second Climb for Sight! Less than 2 hours to the top of the mountain, I had to turn back. Yet, it was another life changing adventure. I reached the summit on the first climb 7 years ago. On "Kili" I experienced the agony and the ecstasy of completing a goal and falling just short. I think I need to try it once more. Between the two climbs I raised enough money to fund the sight-saving surgery for 150 Guatemalan children. For that alone I will climb again.Fr. Joe Coffey, Catholic priest from Philadelphia, PA serving on active duty as a Navy Chaplain