Excited for their push to the Roof of Africa at midnight, Team Twende Kumi prepares their gear then relaxes at High Camp

Hello everyone, this is Ben calling in from Kilimanjaro here at our High Camp on Kilimanjaro at Kosovo Camp (at roughly 15,800 feet). We got up here just a few hours ago, in the early afternoon. We just finished up lunch and now we’re getting our gear, and clothing, and everything ready for the summit push tonight.

In just a little bit we’re going to have dinner, an earlier dinner than normal and then we’re going head off to bed. And we’re going to get up around 11pm (East Africa time here) and we’re going to leave camp, after breakfast at 11pm, at around midnight. And I suspect it’ll take around six to seven hours to get to the summit, and then a couple more hours/up to a few more hours back down to our High Camp here at Kosovo where we will recover a little bit, pack up our gear and our tents, have lunch, and then we’ll continue on down the mountain for a few more hours down to a lower camp where we’ll spend our last night on the mountain.

Everyone’s doing wonderful here with the altitude, really are doing well, acclimatizing well, taking care of themselves, eating and drinking a lot, which is helping their bodies again. Everybody says “hello” to everyone following along back home, all family and friends.

We’ll let you know potentially once we’re on the summit; I’ll try to give you a call up there depending on the weather and how everybody’s doing. And then once we get back down to the lower camp tomorrow, I will give you a call and let you know we’re safe and sound there as well.

But we’re having a great time here, looking forward to the summit tonight. It is fairly nice right now, although it is actually snowing just a little bit right now. Some clouds kind of in and out a little bit but more than likely it’ll be clear for our summit push tonight. So wish us luck tonight and we’ll talk to you soon.


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