Thursday, September 6, 2012

Preparing for the Summit!

"Before anything else, preparation is key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell, from Steps to the Summit, Step #6: Be Prepared.

The moment has finally arrived. All 20 members of our CAFrica team have been preparing for months and in some cases years to be ready for this moment. We are currently at Barafu Camp at 15,100 feet and everybody is feeling great. The hike up here from Karanga Camp took less time than expected and minimal or no signs of altitude sickness among the team.

Everybody is excited to be leaving for the summit tonight. Backpacks are being prepared with all of the essentials - down jackets, warm gloves, goggles, etc. and enough water, snacks, and energy gels to fuel us for what may be a 13 - 16 hour day.Our plan is to sleep for a few hours now and wake up at 10:30 pm (we are 10 hours ahead of Pacific time) then we will have a bit to eat and drink and start hiking.

All of us would like to take this opportunity to thank you (our friends and family back home) for supporting us and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, in this incredible endeavor. We feel quite fortunate to be here undertaking this great challenge for such a worthy cause, and couldn't be doing this without your support. As we head off for the summit, please send your good thoughts our way and we will make another post when we are able. Meanwhile no news is good news.

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