Ladies and gentleman, friends, family, and loved ones, it is Kilimanjaro Team #4. We are working on our Team name, but we don’t have it yet, stay tuned.
We’re here on Kili, our first Camp, first day on the mountain, Machame (at 10,000 feet above sea level). Everybody’s doing great. We had an awesome day, got out of Dodge on time and in good style and that being continued throughout the day. We just finished dinner; most of us are tired, doing great. Everyone sends their best home and we’ve got a couple messages:
“Hey, hey Mom, Dad, Nick, Josh, little nieces, nephews, anybody else who I have yet to meet, it’s me, Ryan here with my thirteen/twelve trekking partners and our many guides. We made it up safely the first day, still got a cough. You wouldn’t believe it, but we’ve about a team of fifty helping us up this mountain. It’s pretty cool. And I wanted, you can hear the Team say ‘hello’ (say ‘hello’ called out in background followed by chorus of ‘hello’ from the Team). Yeah, that’s all of us and we’re doing great. Can’t wait to be home but also can’t wait to get to the top of this mountain.”
“Hey Adam and Lindsay! We finished our first day hike. Mom and I are doing great. We’ve got an awesome team. We’re having lots of fun. We just finished dinner in this dining tent with delicious food and looking forward to tomorrow’s hike. Hope you guys are doing well. Talk to you next time.”
Ciao for now! Usiku mwema (“good night” in Swahili).