Team Members feast then send messages to loved ones back home after ascending a cold Barranco Wall

 

Hi, this is John with Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Crew. We have a little issue going on right now – none of us can move after the lunch we just ate! But I figure in half an hour or so, we’ll be able to get ourselves rolling out of the dining tent again and on off to our sleeping tents.

We had a great morning going up the Barranco Wall. Everybody popped out of the bed and got themselves ready. We zipped on up still in the cold, but managed to get up to some sunshine and hang out for a little bit at our high point.

Everybody’s sitting here at the dining table and has a few words to say for folks back home:

“All is well from Carol and George.”

“Mom, Dad, it’s Kal, your son. Love ya.” (laughter in background)

“Mom, Dad, it’s Dave. I forgot all my underwear and I’ve been going commando the whole time, thought it would be bad but it isn’t. Love you, see ya.” (more laughter in background)

“Hey Carrie, it’s Darrel. Kili’s going great. I’m not coming home. See ya.” (more laughter in background)

“This is Lynn, having a great time.” (squeal followed by cheers in background)

“Hey everybody, it’s Erik. Have a good weekend.”

“Hey, it’s Wendy. Mom and Dad, brothers, sisters, (indistinguishable word) doing great. Thanks for checking in and thanks for all the prayers. Love you and see you at the top!”

“This is Mary from New York City and I’m having a fabulous time. I’m never coming back.” (chuckles in background)

“This is Andrew, enjoying the climb. Talk to you soon, bye.” (transmission choppy)

“Hi Jack and Gordon, (indistinguishable word) made it to Day 4.”

“Getting higher – Hugh.” (laughter in background)

“This is John here. Hello Katya, Ethan, and Nathaniel. I’m doing well, hope you’re all doing well. Love you all. Bye.”

Alright, that’s the Crew here. We’re leaving our camp tomorrow, heading on up to our High Camp, where we’ll have a dinner, have another meal, and then the front of the line’s going to be moving out at midnight towards the summit. We’ll give a call just as soon as we’re back from the top. Bye bye.

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