|Kelly, Heather, and friend, on Day One, |
Climbing Kili, the largest freestanding mountain in the world (unless you count Hawaii, which isn't quite as high above ground, but if you actually go underwater to the mountain's base has them all beat) isn't just a walk in the park. It is a climb, not a mountaineering experience. You don't need ropes or ice picks, or experience on sheer mountain walls. But you do need a ton of effort, and you will be dealing with high mountain issues. Today, on Day 4, the group will be ascending into the semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, an altitude of 4630m (15,190') after about a 5 hours walk. There will be two more days before they reach the summit. The leader is taking the climb slowly, to let the participants acclimate to the thinning air.
|Kilimanjaro Dream Team, Day Two|
|Porters slugging gear up Kilimanjaro. |
Photo from Day Two of the climb.
It's a once in a lifetime adventure for Kelly and Heather, but the money they raise will provide a lifetime of change for a family through Habitat for Humanity. We're proud to know these ladies, and to be supporting their climb!