Did you know…?
Two IDE employees – Yossi Pinhas and Nadav Shaul – recently climbed the tallest free-standing mountain in the world – Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. (Read more…)
What are your roles in IDE?
Yossi – Solutions Manager; Nadav – Process Engineer
What motivated you to make the climb?
We looked for an experience that we would remember for the rest of our lives, not just another trip.
What was the highlight of the trip?
The highlight was seeing the magnificent ice fields at the peak of the mountain. Africa is very dry so it’s rare to see snow, and we were amazed to see the visually spectacular ice at the top of the mountain. It’s the only place in Africa with natural ice formations.
Was this your first mountain climbing trip?
No. Yossi climbed the Kaçkar Mountain in Turkey, which is lower than Kilimanjaro, and Nadav has climbed mountains in South America.
A little about the trip
Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 meters high and is the tallest mountain in Africa. It’s the highest mountain in the world that isn’t part of a range, and is the only place on the equator where ice can be found.
The trip took 10 days, of which eight were spent on the mountain itself – six and a half going up and one and a half coming down. The last two days of the trip were spent on safari.
During the course of the climb you pass through the full range of climate zones -including savannah, tropical rain forest, alpine meadow, alpine and arctic desert. Another reason to climb the mountain is the 15,000 year old ice fields at the peak, which are quickly melting due to global warming. Research shows that by 2060 no snow will remain on the summit.
The climb isn’t easy, but is appropriate for all ages – in our group of 16 the ages ranged from 25 to 70. Some preparation is necessary to ensure that you reach the summit, but no special climbing equipment is required.
Some members of the group encountered difficulties during the trip. However, we were well prepared with proper shoes and clothes, sun glasses, First Aid, altitude sickness pills, emergency oxygen, etc. When we reached the summit we realized that our success was due to our strong will and thorough preparation.