Friday, August 31, 2012

From Marangu to You

Greetings from the southern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro! We have been enjoying the beautiful setting of the Marangu Hotel with cottages scattered throughout the lush green gardens. Our gear is now organized and all packed and we are preparing for the first day of our climb! A light rain is falling and our team has discovered how this area got its name. In the local Chagga language the word "Marangu" means "full of water.".

Soon we will be heading to the Londorossi Gate and on to the Lemosho Glades Route. All 20 of us are doing great and excited to finally begin our way up this mighty volcano. We will be accompanied by a crew of 60 including our local guides, porters, cooks, etc. necessary to support our small army on this remote route as we begin our way up through the rain forest and on to our first camp. We understand data coverage may be sporadic for the first few days of our climb so we will attempt to make another post whenever we are able.

Unfortunately this photo doesn't capture the beauty of the area but it's the only one we have so far of the entire CAFrica team taken upon our arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport on Thursday night.

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