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Kilimanjaro: Hahn and Team ascend the Lava Tower

Morning at 12,600 ft was cold and frosty... and beautiful from Shira Camp. Partway through our breakfast, the sun found its way over Kilimanjaro and warmed us right up. Conditions were perfect for walking when we set out at 8:20 AM. Our route took us directly in toward Kibo -Kilimanjaro’s towering central peak. The terrain was easier than the rocky narrow track we were on yesterday. This was gently rising, wide open juniper and sagebrush. Within a few hours we were breaking altitude records as we passed 14 and then 15,000 ft. At 15,200 ft we’d reached our goal, the Lava Tower. Clouds had come over, making us notice the cool air, but the weather wasn’t unpleasant, by any means. We sat for a good half hour, enjoying a fine lunch spread presented on a Maasai picnic blanket by our camp staff. Then we shifted gears and walked downhill for a couple thousand feet into the garden-like Barranco Valley full of Sceneccios and Lobelias. We pulled into camp at 3:20, making for seven hours and our biggest day yet. Then it was time to snack and rest and gaze up at tomorrow’s challenge... the Great Barranco Wall. After dinner, our staff surprised Mike Winiarski with a perfectly prepared and presented birthday cake. The guys sang in English and Swahili as we all laughed and clapped along. Mike admitted that it was a birthday he wouldn’t soon forget. Best Regards, RMI Guide Dave Hahn & Team

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So proud of both Bob’s and the view of the stars above and the city below must be amazing. Tried to make u both out in the pics, but its hard to do, except for the glimpses of one set of hands moving in a very animated manner and that has to be my husband. Miss u both!

Posted by: Cindy Gervey on

Thanks for the updates and photos. Good luck tomorrow and a special big shout-out to Bob Brothers! Keep having fun!

Posted by: Iwona Piatkowska on

Happy, happy Birthday, Mike! Your 41st is a fantastic one! How kind and how thoughtful for the staff to have a cake for you and to sing!
Enjoy every minute of this adventure!
Love

Posted by: Pat Winiarski on

Happy Birthday Uncle Mike! Hope you are having a great time! Love, Frederick the Great and Duke Peligroso

Posted by: Steve W on

I am glad that everything is going great for everyone keep safe great pictures mike Shannon uncle eddie

Posted by: Edward Marrah on

I still have to read all of the updates.  I just want to shout out to the team and especially Jeff Tracy to have a wonderful time!  What a great experience!!  Be safe!

Posted by: Mo Cotter on

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