After hiking up to Shira Camp under sunny skies, Team #3, to be known as “The Soap Ravens”, watches the sun set over Meru and the moon rise over Kili

Hey all ya’ll, it’s Team #3 here on Kilimanjaro, 23rd of July; we’re at Shira Camp (12,500 feet above sea level). We’re here at the dinner table, having had some great food and full bellies, getting ready to go to bed. We had great weather, good conditions, happy times today.

Notable events: John Hayman lost his bar of soap to one of the white-necked ravens, so hence we are going to become “The Soap Ravens”. That’s right folks; our new team name is “The Soap Ravens”.

Everyone’s doing great, sends their best home, and we’ve got a couple shout-outs:

“Hi, this is Sonya saying ‘hi’ to friends and family back home. Had a great day almost totally above the, well I guess it was all above the cloud level or above the cloud layer, and got glimpses of Kili all the way in. And at camp tonight we’re watching the moon come up behind Kili and we can see Meru on the other side; we watched the sun go down over Meru. So ‘hi’ to Carol and Lynn, who’s taking care of Toby, please give him an ear scratch. And shout-out to Kyle, and Kelly, and Cora, and Marco and his family.”

“Who else wanted to give a shout-out?” (asked in background)

“I hope that stealin’ white-necked crow meets the same fate that Ralphie met in ‘Christmas Story’.” (laughter in background)

Nothing like a little drama here on Kilimanjaro. We’re going to get a phat night’s sleep. Tomorrow’s a long day for us but a beautiful day, up to 15,000 feet at Lava Tower and down to the beautiful Barranco Camp. We’ll give you guys a shout tomorrow, that’s all for now.

Photo: Don Carpenter
Photo: Don Carpenter

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