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Ready to Summit Kilimanjaro

Our team just called in to say that they have reached today’s 15,700ft goal, and they are settled into camp to sleep there tonight. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be a day to rest and complete acclimatization, then Sunday should be the summit attempt. All are reported fit and happy, and raring to go for the summit!

 

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Standing on the Summit of Kilimanjaro

All 9 members of our team successfully summited Mt Kilimanjaro. The weather threw some heavy winds and cold temperatures at them, so they stayed only long enough to savour the moment of triumph, after all the effort each person put in to get there. The latest satelllite phone call has them back at the 15,700 ft camp. They now have 2 hard days of downhill trekking to get them back to the comfort of their hotel rooms in Arusha.

 

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On Safari

Those team members who were in Africa only to climb Mt Kilimanjaro achieved their goal. After standing on the summit, they have successfully climbed back down and have taken a bus ride back to their scheduled flights from Nairobi airport. The rest of the team woke up at 6am this Wednesday morning to a gorgeous sunrise in the Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania. Not only have they summited the highest mountain in the African continent, but for the next couple of days they will be out stalking big game. We expect that by the time they come home, they will…

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Kilimanjaro New Year’s Climb Begins!

Well, the team has all arrived in Arusha and we are ready to go. We are a group of 6 for this holiday climb, and are excited to once again be climbing the challenging and remote Umbwe to Western Breach Wall Route. This route has been closed for the last 3 years and recently reopened. We expect to see few or no other groups during our climb! The climb to the summit will take us 6 days, culminating (we hope) in a 12-14 hour summit day climbing the Breach Wall and then crossing the entire summit crater past Kili’s receding…

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Camp II, Barranco, on Kilimanjaro

The team made it to Barranco Camp at 13,100 ft to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tanzania. Sounds like everyone was a little tired, so not a huge night, but they rang in the New Year! They have had great weather and everyone is looking forward to summit day! Happy New Year!

 

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WHOLE Team Summits Kilimanjaro!

Just heard from Adrian that all seven climbers reached the summit of Kilimanjaro via the ‘Western Breach Wall’, the most technical ascent of the peak. They had the route to themselves and were all very happy. What a great way to start the New Year! Now they get to descend and head off on their safari!

 

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Kili Climb Wrap-Up

What better place to write about climbing Kilimanjaro than sitting in the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge staring out at the crater and the countless animals roaming inside.

After seeing 19 lions, along with countless zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, jackals, elephants, and buffalo, we decided to have a relaxing afternoon here at the hotel – drinking coffee, watching Masaai dance, and even catching up on some emails and work.

And finally, our legs are almost back to normal from our climb. As our quick blogs via satellite phone probably suggested, it was a fantastic climb and season on the mountain.

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Kilimanjaro Approaches

I have spent the last four New Year’s Eves on the flanks of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and this year will be no exception. But there is a bit of a twist to this year’s trip. My sister Michelle will be joining the team and attempting the summit! This is her second foray to altitude (she summited Cotopaxi in Ecuador with me 5 or 6 years ago) – she performed fantastically last time, but swore she would never do it again. Luckily, selective amnesia has had its normal effect, and she is back for more. Since students from her class…

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All Summit Kili in Perfect Weather!

A snowstorm swept over the mountain leaving a pristine blanket of white as low as 12,500′. With impeccable timing, the storm broke at 8pm on the 3rd and by this morning at 7am the team stood at 19,341′ on top of Kilimanjaro with blue skies and no wind. They began their descent after some time on the summit and will check in with more info and images when they return to camp. Congratulations to all members of this remarkably strong team!

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