Team Hot Tang and the Blue Band successfully summits Kilimanjaro in good style!

Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in for Hot Tang and the Blue Band here on Kilimanjaro. We are down at our Mweke Camp (at about 10,000 feet now).

We had a very successful day today. When I called earlier today we were just heading out to head up to the summit and we had a beautiful summit night. We left at just after midnight and arrived on the summit at about 6:15am, just as the sun was rising. It was a beautiful morning up there. Everybody did fantastic! We had 100% success on the summit today; everybody made it to the top in good style, in good form, and made it back down very safely and fast/quickly as well.

We came back down to our High Camp at Camp Kosovo (which is close to 16,000 feet) and we packed up and had time for a little bit of a nap actually this morning because we got down so quickly and had some lunch and then we headed down here. We had about/took us about three and a half hours to get from our High Camp down to Mweke Camp, which is where we’re at right now. So we’ve dropped over 9,000 feet today. Our legs are tired; we’re all exhausted and ready to go to sleep. We just finished up dinner, and it’s about 7 o’clock, just after 7 o’clock right now and we’re all in our tents and heading off to bed.

Tomorrow we’ve got a pretty short hike, three to four hours, just down to the jungle, where we’ll finish at the gate. We’ll have a celebratory buffet lunch down at the gate, Mweke Gate, and then we’ll head back to Arusha tomorrow afternoon.

Everybody’s doing great, we’re tired, but we’ve had a great trip, fantastic trip, successful trip. And everybody wants to say “hello” to everyone following along back home. We’ll talk to you soon.


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