Pressing onward
02/24/2006, Barranco Camp, Kilimanjaro

This update is a short one as, unfortunately, some of it was muddled and broken-up in the transmission from the satellite phone. It's amazing how clear the messages can sound, but at the same time, he is calling from Kilimanjaro in Africa!

Today the climbers achieved the Barranco Camp at 12,800 feet on the Western edge of the Western Breach route. Everyone's health is holding up well although there are some headaches. All are tired after a long day of climbing. Jamie mentioned that they are experiencing the first rain since they've been on the mountain.

A day of rest
02/23/2006, Shira Plateau

Today has been mostly a rest day, hanging out at 12,500 feet at the Shira Plateau. After a short hike, they have been taking it easy, resting lungs and legs, sharing stories and generally having a great time. I picture Jamie, Dan, Scott and Steve lounging around a campfire roasting marshmallows for s'mores and telling tales; although, I'm certain it's not quite like that, at least not the marshmallow part! Or maybe marshmallows ARE on the menu?! All are healthy and will enjoy spectacular views tomorrow while hiking 4 - 6 hours to the Barranco Valley Camp over a scenic 14,200 foot pass.

More tomorrow!

02/22/2006, Shira Plateau, Kilimanjaro

Greetings from Tamara in Colorado and from Jamie, Dan, Scott and Steve at 12,500 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Today they climbed approximately 2,000 feet to reach the Shira Plateau from the Machame Camp, a hike of approximately 4 hours. They have been enjoying good weather with low clouds broken in and out, lots of sunshine and cool temperatures. Good views of the plains of Eastern Africa have accompanied them during the ascent. All are healthy and climbing well. At 12,500 feet, they are starting to feel the effects of the altitude and are looking forward to a rest and acclimatization day tomorrow. They do plan a minor climb tomorrow returning to camp, I believe, for one more night at the Shira Plateau.

As I enjoy another sunny 50 degree day here in Colorado Springs, I am struck by what a blessing it is to live here at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I love living in this beautiful state, but there are also many other amazing places to experience, vistas to gaze upon and mountains to climb such as Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. And these folks are having a great time doing just that!

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