The Team summits Kilimanjaro on a cold, windy morning with some time to themselves at Uhuru!

Hi, this is John; it’s about 1 o’clock on our summit day. Everybody’s safely back in camp after summiting.

It was a long, cold morning. There was a strong wind starting about six o’clock or so last night and it just kept getting stronger and stronger, rattling the tents, and knocked down the privy tents, and opened a few eyes I think this morning.

But everybody was ready on time. We left at midnight and were in pretty strong winds and pretty cold temperatures through much of the night, till about, oh I guess, six o’clock in the morning when the winds finally died down and the sun started to show itself over by Mwembe and folks started to get on up to Stella Point. And we regrouped there, went along the crater rim over to Uhuru and actually spent a pretty long time at Uhuru. Not a lot of people today. There were a lot of folks who were on the mountain, but a lot of folks down below us, probably due to the cold and the wind but fortunately folks were well dressed and well prepared and made the summit.

So we’re about to have lunch and then we’re going to be on our way down from here. We’re breaking down camp as I speak; I see the guys behind me breaking down tents, collecting the boundary bags, which are the big, rubberized bags that we keep our personal items in. We’re going to have some lunch, and then headed on down to our camp for the night, and then be out to Arusha tomorrow. That’s all for today.

kili summit shot Sarah Carpenter

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