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Kilimanjaro: Hahn & Team Ready for Summit Bid

All the preparation is finished. We’re healthy and comfy (relatively) at high camp. It wasn’t even such a tough job to get here. We woke to perfect weather at Karanga Camp. The sun hit while we were sipping coffee and gazing down on the now-familiar sea of clouds far below. Kibo was cloud-free and out in all its glory above us. Without a puff of wind, it was easy to put the final touches on our packs after breakfast and to get ready for walking at 9 AM. Our fifty man support staff didn’t want us to walk away all grim and work focused though... they quickly assembled and began clapping and singing -and inevitably dancing and laughing, until we joined in and got our morning stretch session done the fun way. We then set out behind Philibet’s capable leadership. It was easy ground compared to the walls we’ve climbed in recent days. Just a steady and slow altitude gain through progressively less desert vegetation. We had the whole move done in three hours and pulled into 15,000 ft Barafu (Swahili for “ice”) Camp at noon. The team alternated between resting and eating, drinking and packing for the afternoon. The normal lassitude and our fair share of intermittent headaches afflicted us as we whiled away the afternoon, but all in all we’re feeling strong and excited... ready for an “alpine start” and a big day of going to new heights and seeing new sights. Tosha is going to serve up a 5:30 dinner and after it, we’ll try not to stare overly long at the sunset and amazing colors... we’ll zip ourselves into the tents for some crucial rest before the alarms go off at 11:30 PM and the climb to the top of Africa begins. Stay Tuned. RMI Guide Dave Hahn

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Comments (8)

Very Happy for the Bogert family for their accomplishment.  Looking forward to hearing all about your venture on your return!!
Dad/Grandpa

Posted by: Chaffee on

Even your camp is well above Long’s Peak altitude! Keep trekking Bogert family. Stay safe! - Cole

Keep up the great work and have fun, so excited for you to reach the peak! - Amber

Posted by: Cole and Amber on

Can’t wait to hear all the stories of the Bogert Expedition! Good luck on the big climb to the top!

Posted by: Patty Buser on

Awesome job, all! Shout out to the Bogerts - you’ve got this!!! What an amazing experience - thanks for sharing the journey with us!!

Posted by: Powers Family on

Great climbing everyone!! Go Phil and Emily! Luv yu!

Posted by: JoAnn & Chris Bolton on

Love these reports.  I feel like I am vicariously climbing with you.  Go get it, Lory Beth.

Posted by: Leonard Brendel on

Good Luck Bogert Family! What an exciting time…
Trabucco family!!!!

Posted by: Kelly teabucco on

Go!  Love you LB!  Good luck all!

Posted by: Greg Huffman on

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