Team Hakuna Mipaka climbs through hail, rain, snow, waterfalls, and rivers to get to Barranco Camp

Hey everyone, guess who. It’s Hakuna Mipaka (call outs in background) here at Barranco Camp (12,900 feet) in the snow. Today we had some rather interesting weather for Kilimanjaro.

“Make it sound more dramatic than that.” (spoken in background)
Well it was pretty dramatic. We had lots of hail, inches worth, snow afterwards, rain and then had to climb through waterfalls and rivers to reach camp. But we’re here, and we’re happy, we’re fed, we’re warm, might be some complaints in the group, but that’s how it goes. We’re having a good time nonetheless.

Bill?

“This is Bill, I just want to say ‘hello’ to all my friends at Fitness, my thanks to Kathy, and back to the team: Adrian, and Ingrid, Jerry, and Megan, and I wish you all the best. We got over 15,000 feet today, I’m still here, hopefully I’ll be here tomorrow night. Take care.”

“Hey Sandy, we’ve had quite a day. We’ve had rain, lightning, thunder, hail, and snow, but we’ve all done well. And I sure love you, miss you, and can’t wait to see you. Arty, the gloves you gave me at Christmas, they’ve saved the day. They really, really came in handy, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. Love you son, and go Cards. Billy, been thinking about you guys and the new baby and awfully excited for you. Okay, good night.”

Thanks for following along everybody. We’re going to get a good night’s sleep and enjoy our short day tomorrow with lots of rest time.

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