The Soap Ravens arrive at High Camp asking for continued fair winds and beautiful skies to climb to the roof of Africa

Ladies and gentleman, this is The Soap Ravens. (cawing in background)

We are phoning you from High Camp (15,700 feet above sea level) here at Kosovo, on the upper flanks of the mighty Kilimanjaro. Everyone’s doing great. We’re wrapping up some dinner. It’s about 6pm. We’re going to go to bed and get up in five hours and climb this thing. Everyone sends their best home.

I’ve got a couple of shout-outs:

“Hi, this is Rich sending love to the New Hampshire crowd, to Sue, and Jim, and Rick, and Becky. We are having a great hike. We have still some oxygen in the air that we’re breathing. We’re at High Camp and having a great time. Sue, I hope you and Nancy are having a great trip to Prince Edward Island and can’t wait to see you when we get back.”

“This is Sonya saying ‘hi’ to all our friends and family back home. Please send oxygen our way. Don and I are feeling strong, feeling good, as is the rest of the team. Want to say a special ‘hello’ to Vicky and Jean, the other members of the ‘Everest Moms Support Team’. Tonight’s summit night, not nearly as big of a nail biter as it was for our boys, but we’re looking forward to a tough climb and standing on the top probably, I don’t know, twelve-fifteen hours from now. And we’ll call you when we get back. Thanks so much!”

“Hi, this is Don, just wanted to do a shout-out to my sons. My son (we have two Kyles) Kyle and Kelly Martin, and then Kyle and Brooke Carter, just wanted to reach out to you and tell you that we’re having a great time. The food’s just been awesome. And doing better than I really thought I’d do on this hike, since my training was tennis tournaments and things like that. So, anyway looking forward to tomorrow and that’s all for now.”

“This is John. It’s four hours to ‘H Hour’ and we’re not going to give up. Did the Giants give up when they were 2 down to the Reds and 3 down to the Cards and had to win the decisive games on the road?! No! Did America give up when the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor?! No! And we’re not going to give up either. We’ll see you on top, we’re going to take that hill!” (laughter in background)

Wish us fair winds and beautiful skies!

Photo: Don Carpenter
Photo: Don Carpenter

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