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Kilimanjaro Approaches

Two mountaineers navigating a glacier on a Gasherbrum II Expedition

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 in the Bay Area will be following her climb, we will endeavor to blog more than normal. So follow along as we climb the tallest peak in Africa and go on safari. We fly in 2 days, which means Christmas day is a strange mix of celebrating with family, and frantically packing and organizing. The next post should be via satellite phone from Tanzania! Stay Tuned.