Team Hot Tang feeling fantastic, rested and sustained on good food as they head out for their summit bid at midnight

Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in here on Kilimanjaro with Team Hot Tang and the Blue Band. We are up at High Camp and we got up here earlier this afternoon and made good time getting up here, just four and a half hours or so, or maybe closer to five hours to get up here. We’re at about 15,800 feet here at Kosovo. We’re a little bit higher than the normal High Camp that most people spend the night at; it’s a much nicer camp and we get up above the crowds and everything.

We had lunch. We talked about the summit: what to prepare, what to pack, and what it’s going to look like, how long it’s going to take, and answered all the summit questions. And we got a bunch of rest this afternoon up here; everybody’s feeling really good (at close to 16,000 feet). For most everybody it’s the highest they’ve been, a couple people have been a little bit higher, and everybody’s feeling fantastic actually so far.

We just had dinner and then we went to sleep for a little bit and we just woke up, just about an hour ago. And then we had breakfast; we’ve had a couple/three meals here pretty quick and close together, but everybody’s doing good with that and eating a little bit at a time here to help sustain our energy up here. We just finished up breakfast and we’re heading to the summit right now.

It’s just after midnight Tanzanian time and we’re just heading out right now. So I suspect we’ll get up to the summit right at sunrise 6-6:30, maybe even 7am and I’ll give you a call once we get back down and get to our camp tonight. We’ll summit, we’ll come back down, and we’ll pack up; and we’ll actually head down a couple more hours to a lower camp, where we’ll all sleep a lot better tonight once we summit.

So looking forward to getting to the summit and heading back down and everybody says “hello” and “hi” to family and loved ones following along back home. We’ll talk to you soon.

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