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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.

Despite a bit…

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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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Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari, 2010

What better way to start 2010 than by climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, and then going game viewing in the eighth wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater. I am writing this dispatch from our hotel in the Crater, looking out on the sun setting and countless animals wandering across the grasslands of the interior of the crater.

It is a bit difficult to stay focused on this dispatch with that kind of a view, but here goes.

On January 4 at 7:15 am our entire group of nine stood on the roof of Africa, at 19,341 feet on Kilimanjaro. It…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Has Begun!

Yesterday, the team climbed from the gate of the Rongai Route at 6000′ to the First Cave Camp at 9000′ and will continue hiking today for about eight hours to Camp Kikelewa at 12,000′. With the snow line of this El Nino year being particularly low at about 16,000′, the views have been spectacular. Everyone is healthy and having fun and we’ll hopefully get another report soon!…

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