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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Enter Kilimanjaro National Park and Begin Climb

A fairly smooth first day for our climbers today.  We were on the road by 8 AM as planned and heading east.  We made good time rolling down the highway under thick clouds.  There weren’t any views of Kilimanjaro to be had, even as we approached the Machame gate to the National Park at 6000 ft.  As always, the gate was good and busy as a handful of other expeditions were getting underway on our same timetable.  We were among the first to set out walking, at around 10:45.  We never got rain, although the air was quite moist during the hours we spent in the thick forest.  We gained elevation steadily and by mid-afternoon we were leaving the big trees and getting into a forest of giant heather.  We came in to Machame Camp at 4:15 to find that our staff had been working quite hard on our behalf.  A fully built camp was ready and waiting for campers.  We settled in, met for afternoon tea and then dinner in our dining dome tent.  We talked of the plan for the coming day, recalled the funny parts of the day we were ending and headed to bed. 

Best Regards
RMI Guide Dave Hahn

On The Map


Comments (7)

Naomi, You are our hero!  You just amaze us with all your accomplishments, but this one is over the hill!

G-d bless U and keep you safe.

Florence & Marty Jesser

Posted by: Florence Jesser on

Naomi..
Reading the daily blogs as we follow your amazing adventure. Have a great time and stay safe. Luv U a ton.

Posted by: Howard Katz on

Curt and Syd - - - Tally Ho!  You are looking great.  Mom - (Mugum & Grandad)

Posted by: Ann Long on

Curt and Syd- Axel and I are charting your progress on our big map of Kilimanjaro! Hope you are having a grand time! Fire still a problem around here, smoke and ash fill the air.
We love you! Janie, Mom and Axel

Posted by: Janie Long on

Curt, Carol and Sydney,  sounds like a great first day, looking forward to those photos at the summit - so excited for all of you!  I know this will be a dream come true!

Posted by: Judy Gadlage on

Curt,
Your Conner & Winters team is hoping and praying that you brought your billing binder to photograph with you on the summit so that Gary Betow will possibly be shamed from sharing his billing binder photos in the future (at least until he can top a summit photo). We will all, except maybe Gary, remain hopeful that the weather will be bright and sunny for such a photograph and that you can bring us that picture back safely.

Posted by: Greg Scharlau on

Naomi,
Your heart center team is sending you best wishes as you start your journey! Good luck!

Posted by: Heart Center Team on

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