Monday, September 10, 2012

Summit Success!

Apologies for the delay of this post due to technical difficulties on the mountain. Nonetheless, we are thrilled to report that all 20 members of our CAFrica team made it to the crater rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 18,938 feet! 16 others went on to the official summit of Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet. It was a long summit night and morning that started out from Barafu Camp at 11:50 pm and subjected our group to  less than 10 degree cold temps until the sun finally made its way above the horizon around 6:30 am. Not long after we were treated to spectacular views of the crater and surrounding glaciers as we reached Stella Point.

Everybody is safe and healthy and we made it back down to Barafu Camp for a short rest and recovery of a few hours and then packed up camp and continued down to Mweka Camp. After enjoying a night of rest and extra oxygen at 10,000 feet we continued down to the gate and back to the Marangu Hotel. After much needed showers, we then celebrated with our team of 66 guides and porters and relished our hard-earned accomplishment together.

We are now enjoying our third day on safari viewing fantastic game animals and will share a few pics later.

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