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KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE - AUG 2012
Wednesday 8 August 2012 – SUMMIT TIME!
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM 2! They have made it to the summit (Uhuru Peak 5895m – highest point in Africa!) and are now on their return journey down the mountain.
“11 to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and 10 to the Summit! Rock on Kristin!” Text from Ground Crew in Tanzania
Sunday 5 August 2012:
7pm (Sydney time):
“Hi all, we just arrived at Mawenzi Tarn. We have clear blue skies and everyone is still in shorts and a t-shirt. Everyone is in good health and we couldn’t have asked for a better team!” Kristen by text message (Inspired Adventures Team Escort)
12am (Sydney time): Team 2 were at Kikelewa Caves (see our TrekTraka page for updates). They have now set off for Mawenzi (4,330m) where they will have a chance to rest and acclimatise before heading further up the mountain and reaching the summit. By now they will all be feeling the affects of the thinning air as they head higher and higher.
Saturday 4 August 2012: Today the team reached Kikelewa Caves (at 3,600 metres above sea level). The view is spectacular – they’ll be able to see right up to Kibo (at 4,700m) as well as the eastern ice fields of the crater rim.
Friday 3 August 2012: On Wednesday morning, a team of 11 Inspired Adventurers (plus our Team Escort, Kristen and a team doctor), departed Australia for Tanzania (via Bangkok and Nairobi). This is Amnesty International Australia‘s second team to take on Kilimanjaro and they have raised an incredible $57,300 towards Amnesty’s invaluable human rights work.
The team touched down in Tanzania last night after a long journey. Unfortunately our three trekkers from Western Australia are still awaiting for their bags to arrive in Tanzania after their flight to Bangkok was delayed and said bags didn’t make the connecting flight. We are assured that trekkers and bags will all be reunited today when the bus to the start point will make a slight diversion back to the airport to pick them up.
With the missing bags drama behind them and nothing but excitement before then, Team II will start trekking today. They will be at Simba Camp tonight (2,650m) before they make a vertical gain of 1,000 metres tomorrow to reach Kikelewa Caves at 3,600 metres above sea level.
Team 3 departs Australia on 15 August 2012 with 18 Amnesty supporters scaling the heights of Africa to summit Kilimanjaro like Team 1 and Team 2 before them.
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