Kristen will be a guest on Destinations – A Travel Club Series at the Midland Cultural Centre, speaking about her climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This edition is titled “These Boots are Made for Walking”. See the attached poster for more info…
Whether you are interested in strolling the streets or climbing mountains, this months Destinations is for you.
Our first guest is a mother of two who will inspire you with her journey as she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Her story begins years before she ever set foot on the base of the mountain.
Our second guests enjoyed a hiking tour recently to Red Mountain, Utah and will be sharing their experiences with you about a location that covers a variety of activities (hiking, biking, walking, yoga, spa, cooking and photography classes – to name a few) along with excellent customer service. This place ranks # 71 on
Conde Nast Traveler 2013 “Top 270 Spas” list. Come and find out why!
NEW HOST: Kathy Elsdon-Befort. She is a huge travel enthusiast and has traveled extensively including Europe and Great Britain, the Caribbean, much of Canada and the United States and, most recently, parts of Africa.
Wednesday May 28th: Doors @ 6:30pm – Show Starts @ 7:00pm.
Tickets: $10 – Order Online or visit the MCC box office
We are just getting ready to head to the airport. I cannot explain what an amazing experience this has been.
Today we had our final day in Moshi. We went into town and did a little shopping. We went out for lunch at a wonderful cafe. We then spent time at a private school, meeting the children and touring the school. It was amazing! The children are so happy and loving! We played games with them, watched them dance and talked to them about the schooling. It was an English school with boarding and day-school children.
Our entire team successfully climbed the mountain! We hiked down for 13.3km today and then had a celebration lunch. Afterwards, we took a bus back to Kilemakyaro Lodge. Things seem bittersweet. We are VERY excited for a shower, and to see our loved ones at home. This was such a great experience, and we are all a little sorry to see it end.
We fly out tomorrow night. What a GREAT experience!
I just arrived down from the Roof of Africa! It is truly an inspirational and gorgeous place!!! I am not going to lie – there was nothing easy about the trek. We started at 12:20. We arrived just before 8:00 and got down about 10:30. We now need to pack up camp and hike for another 2.5 hours+ to our final camp.
Our entire team was successful – which makes the celebration even greater! Thanks for the support.
We are heading up to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Point – tonight at midnight. Everyone is feeling good, excited and a little anxious. It should take us between 6 to 8 hours to summit, ascending 3500ft or 1000m. We will then descend back down to our high camp at 16000ft and then onto our final resting spot tomorrow night at the Milenium Camp at 12500ft. We will put up a post tomorrow morning to let you all know how we did.
Spirits are high and we are thinking of you all. Send good thoughts our way!
As they’re making their final ascent, the sun will be rising…
We are so close now!!!!! It is absolutely amazing how great this is!!! Today we left Karranga camp at 9:30. We climbed to Barrafu camp to have lunch at 1:30. Then, under the amazing leadership of Outward Bound and Chagga Tours we were able to secure a camp site at Kosovo. It is another 200m up – which means we are that much closer, and that have that much less to walk tonight.
Team Outward Bound has declared this “Christmas Eve”, and Santa might be over New Zealand at this time. We are just waiting with anticipation what lies ahead. Tonight we will go to bed at 6:30. We will wake up at 11:00 to start our final ascent for the summit. The ascent will be cold and dark. I am organizing my snacks, electronics and multi-layers of clothing now.
Hopefully next time I blog I will have a report on what it is like at the roof of Africa 🙂
Today was a different day. We got to sleep in (I was up at 5). We started our hike at 9:00. Today we tackled the Barranco wall – and Team Outward Bound won! It is an enormous cliff wall, with switch backs all the way up – 1000′. We often had to use the technique of “3-points of contact” to be safe. Our guides are amazing. In tricky spots they stand on the down side, ready to save us. Luckily our whole team is fit and able – and we handled it like champs! It certainly is humbling when we watch the porters carry our gear and jugs of water on their head up the wall at twice our speed. We then went up and down through a few valleys and across small streams. We arrived at camp around 2:30. Now we are all chilling in our tents and getting some rest.
The trip is still great! The Chagga tour company are so helpful. Our food is great! For breakfast we had porridge, french toast sandwiches (with cheese, cucumber and tomato) and mango. Lunch was at camp. We had fried chicken, french fries, coleslaw, salmon sandwiches and soup and pineapple.
It is cold and rainy today (and yesterday too – but I think I forgot to mention that). It was about 5 degrees this morning. Nights are below zero. It is crowded in my Mummy sleeping bag, with 2 hot water bottles, my camera, GPS watch and cell phone and socks and mitts that I need to dry out.
This is an amazing trip of a lifetime! I love everyone here. I love the physical and mental challenges. I love that I am still feeling healthy and strong! Only 1 full night sleep before summit. This afternoon I made a list of things I want to do while at the summit – hope I feel up to fulfilling them all (and my camera still has battery life).
What an amazingly perfect day!!! We left at 8:15 and hiked for over 9 hours. We went up to over 15000 feet, and then descended to sleep at about 13250 feet. Our group decided to go all the way to the Lava Tower which is a detour that takes you higher than required. All 13 of us made it successfully. I am happy to say that my head and tummy feel great. The effects of high altitude have not bothered me yet. I do get dizzy any time I change from sit to stand – but I do not care :-).
We continue to receive donations to this wonderful Outward Bound worthy charity – thank you all!
Tomorrow morning we attempt the Barraco Wall. 2.5 more sleeps until Summit. Our wonderful Chagga guide said that I did so well today, summit will be ok! Thanks to all for the encouragement!!!
We are now at Shira Camp. I am sad to say that my cell connection is not good, so I realize these blog posts are not getting posted in a timely manner (or at all). I will write anyway.
Today was another fantastic day. We walked for almost 7 hours, and gained about 900 meters of elevation. The landscape is Mooreland. The bushes are lower, the rocks are mossy. We had another great day of weather – no rain, and a comfortable temperature. I was even in a tank and shorts for part of the day.
The porters and guides with Chagga Tours are great. They are so caring. We arrive to camp and they have hot drinks waiting, tents are set up, and they bring us a basin of water to wash.
I am taking in every moment of this adventure. Thank you all – I love this 🙂
It was all going a little too smoothly! As Sarah noted in her Jan. 14 post, it’s not always easy to get the bandwidth required for data communications, so Kristen hasn’t been able to update her blog for the past 24 hours. She was scheduled to finish her climbing early today, at 3pm (7am EST), but seeing no activity on both Sarah & Kristen’s blogs, we’ll assume that she’s still unable to connect.
Flowers from Kilimanjaro
While she can’t send us her update, she did manage to send flowers! We were all a little surprised, even shocked, to receive flowers yesterday with notes of thanks as she started her climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Flowers went to a few people that had helped her prepare for this journey. The girls received theirs at school and were very excited. Taylor recognized the thank-you cards and figured out that she wrote and arranged before she left – how thoughtful of Kristen (not surprised)!
Thanks to everyone that has been commenting! As Kristen noted, she loves receiving them and it’s a great addition to this log of her journey.
Last night, we changed from the “Mystery Man” silouette to the Identicon. These avatars are dynamically generated based on your email address, unique to each. Cameron really wanted the monsters!
Hopefully this is my last post and Kristen can resume soon!
I am just waking up for Day #2. #1 was a complete success. We drove through the town of Moshi, and it was wonderful. I loved seeing the local people working and playing and noting cultural differences. We then started our hiking. It was 12 km, 1000′ elevation, and took 5:40. I felt great. I was tired at the end…but no headaches and aches/pains or blisters.
I am having trouble with cell reception…but that is understandable – I am on Kili 🙂