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Kilimanjaro: Okita & Team Enjoy Challenges and Luxuries on the Mountain

From the cramped confines of Machame Camp we headed out to our next camp, Shira. Although the rain forest below Machame was cool, the terrain on this stretch was stellar. Going thru the giant heather and moorlands the climbing became more and more interesting. Some rock outcroppings along the way provided wonderful viewpoints and lunch stops, not to mention some interesting scrambling challenges. We have only one complaint. The food is just too darned good. Our cook staff works tirelessly on our behalf, creating prodigious quantities of cuisine that would not be out of place in a fancy restaurant. All made on a couple of two burner stoves. As a climbing guide I'm the first person encouraging my climbers to eat to replace fuel burned on climbs. But our mountain staff take it to a whole new level. We are so spoiled! For example, on getting into camp this afternoon we were served an exquisite potato leek soup, followed by fried chicken, French fries and an avocado, pepper and tomato salad. All prepared fresh and treated to ensure everybody stays healthy. Our friends in the kitchen are magicians. Liz has expressed interest in learning how the magic happens and has been invited back to the cook tent to watch and maybe pick up a few insights. I'll be pressing her hard for insights into their culinary genius. Until then, I guess we'll just suffer through the fact we're probably going to gain weight while climbing a 19,000' mountain. Such are the challenges we face these days. Wish us luck. And tomorrow: climbing to Lava Tower at 15,200' and Barranco Camp. Our team is more than ready for. Until then, RMI Guide Brent Okita

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Go mom!  You got this. So close now. Can’t wait to hear about the escapade!

Posted by: Kaleb Crafts on

Mary Crafts, You’re an Inspiration to me as well as others. I can’t wait to be training for our next adventure together.  Our love has grown so much, It’s a joy Being with you.  Congratulations to all of you.

Posted by: David Workman on

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