“Time to get up,” was the soft but forceful sound my tent mate and I heard at 11:30 p.m. That’s right, 11:30 p.m. That was just six hours after being asked to go to our tents and rest. Now, at 15,200 feet above the Africa’s Great Rift Valley, it was time to rise, get our boots and warm clothes on, and start walking. Ahead of us lay upwards of twelve hours of putting one foot in front of the other, so this early start was necessary.
This trip through the frozen night on Africa’s highest mountain, the majestic Kilimanjaro was months in the making. Once the decision was made to take on “Kili,” it was time to notch up the training, acquire gear, and get high. Living at 7,000 feet above sea level, with access to peaks rising above 14,000 feet, made this easier for us than the low-landers on our team who hailed from Florida.
Read the rest of this article in the November 24th edition of the Kaierslautern American newspaper. Pick up your copy!