Saturday, January 22, 2011
Each day we had a new challenge from huge lava rocks/boulders to climb to narrow paths only made for one to pass and if you took a misstep it would be fatal...
We had a great climbing crew to support our efforts. A total of 27 men, 3 guides and 24 support team of porters. Everything is carried up and down the mountain by the porters. No vehicles. The porters carry about 4-5lbs of personal items, sleeping bags, mats and maybe a coat. Then they carry about 40 lbs of trekkers gear, tents, kitchen tent and cooking utensils, supplies, food for eating, mobile toilet, dining room (big tent for 8 people),water and much more. We move from camp to camp each day as we make the climb, so each day you pack your duffel bag and the porters take care of the tents and transporting your duffel bag. You take your day pack and water bottles, rain gear and extra clothing for either dressing warmer or if too hot taking off a layer. You have to be very versatile in how you dress. Layering is very important. Each night we were briefed by the tour guide either Emmanuel or Go Listen (brothers). They grew up in a large family of 10...5 boys and 5 girls. Both are well spoken in English and very energetic. Emmanuel who guided me on the ascent to Mt. Kilimanjaro has climbed Mt. Kili 80 times. I don’t believe there was a better person to look after me. He knew I wanted to make it to the top and he assisted me so it was accomplished.
I called KFDI 101.3 Wichita yesterday but was too late to reach Brian on the air of the Brian and Kellie morning broadcast from 5am to 10 am. I spoke with Brian at 11:10 am on Friday. Too late for live broadcast. I thought Kansas was 11 hours behind Tanzania time but it is 9 hours. I will try to call in to the live broadcast on Monday January 24th from the Serengeti. Once the segment is aired I will post it to the blog and send out an e-blast.
Thanking all of you for your prayers for a safe and successful climb…on both counts it was a great success. I credit your prayers in helping me and my climbing partner; Bob make it to the Snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I will post a few pictures tonight and more later.
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