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02/28/2006, Arusha

Sorry for the delays.... All good, healthy and happy to report all summited. We went for the top the day before yesterday at 12:30 AM, weather went incredibly downhill so I turned us around. Woke at 0800, sun was shinning so I decided to give it another go. All the guys were doing well all the way to the crater rim, once we arrived 5 hours later a short 50 minutes to the summit and it was all smiles. A little hypoxic but all happy as could be.

We descended to Barafu to be meet with smiles from the porters, just in time for tea and dinner. It was fast to bed for the guys and myself.

Yesterday we descended to Mkea camp under cool temps and nothing but relief at such a great accomplishment. Fell asleep under a wonderful Kili sunset and stars abound.

This AM we woke and descended all the way to Mkea Gate, loaded the truck and made a mad dash to showers. Once I have a minute to update more, I'll make a good posting, until then were all happy, safe and ready for a great meal.


Almost there
02/25/2006, Barufo Camp

Jamie, Dan, Scott and Steve climbed through a wide range of weather today, copious rain followed by snow, to arrive at the high camp, Barafu Camp, at approximately 15,500 feet. Each climber is in good health, happy, dry and resting for their summit push tonight. At 11:30 PM, they will wake up, get ready, and be walking by 12:30 AM. The goal is to be on the 19,340 foot summit 6 - 7 hours later. I imagine that the sunrise is more than spectacular from the height of Kilimanjaro!

There will likely be no webcast tomorrow, but Jamie should be off the mountain and able to post a webcast on Monday. You can look forward to hearing from him about the summit day and more detail regarding the specifics of their journey.

Until next time,

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.

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