Happy 4th of July! UPDATE: Strong Team on Kilimanjaro, Everyone to the Top! June 26, 2014.

Post #139: Kilimanjaro Recap: Happy 4th of July!
Kilimanjaro Mountain
To everyone who has been trying to follow my blog, thanks and I hope we were able to at least provide some information about our team’s progress as we summitted Kilimanjaro last week.  Please realize that this was Africa, not the United States.  Sometimes internet access and ability to post was spotty at best.  IN Africa, the saying is “No Hurry Mon”, and with all processes, it can take forever to get things done.
Kilimanjaro from the Barranco Camp at 13,000′ on Night 3 of the trek to the summit.

Successful Summit!

Got word from Leonard Madrid that everyone made the summit successfully 19,341ft!
Successful Summit

Summit Day

June 26 is summit day for the Team.  Weatherwise, they’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine with some fog possible as well.  It’ll be an early start and long, hard day to the summit, Uhuru Peak, then back down to Millineum Camp for the night.
The Summit is 19,340ft and the team will hike in between various glaciers including the Kibo Crater.  Yes, Kili is a volcano.
On June 27 they’ll descend to Park Gate A and to the hotel for the night.
Mount Kilimanjaro Kibo Summit
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Shira Camp at 12,000ft

Shira Camp
A little fog and some drizzle moved in across Kili last night and gradually burned away today.  The group got their first true view of Kilimanjaro.
I talked with Jon this afternoon and everyone is feeling good at their Shira camp, which sits at 12,000feet on the mountain.  Dunston is their local guide and is making everyone feel at home.
Jon said the food consists of pastas, chicken, and even some desserts.
I informed Jon that week weather front will swing across Kilimanjaro on Wednesday with an increase in cloud cover, some fog, but no real precip.