Climb Day 6

After an 18-hour day – reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet and hiking back down to find our sleeping bags in the Millennium Camp at 12,795 feet – we were on our feet again for the 6th day of the World Serve Kili Climb 2011. 6 more hours of hiking down to the Mweka Gate was an overwhelming thought with all the sore body parts we were nursing, but the thought of getting a hot shower and resting our legs spurred us on…

As we walked down the remainder we heard so many stories being told of people fighting through pain, injuries, headaches, nausea and the effects of altitude to reach the Kili summit at Uhuru Peak. There were only a few people who didn’t reach the very top of Kilimanjaro due to altitude sickness, but their stories were also powerful as they testified of reaching the highest altitude of their lives and rooting the rest of the team on to the summit with their thoughts and prayers. One of the greatest things we experienced as we descended into the alpine region and through the rain forest was the lush foliage and beautiful sound of birds and wildlife, which we had been void of for several days when we were above the tree-line. Soaring on the mountaintops can be awesome, but there are some things you can only experience in the valleys…

We reached the Mweka Gate at varying times between 1:30 and 2:30 pm on Wed., Jan. 12, signifying the completion of an incredible climb of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. We celebrated briefly then loaded the bus for a 2-hour ride to our hotel, where everyone enjoyed the opportunity to clean up and have a nice dinner together. Our Kili Climb guide, Simon, was there to present official individual certificates commemorating the accomplishment of the team members who reached Stella Point and Uhuru Peak at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

7 days ago a team of 44 people representing World Serve International set out to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (the hight point in Africa) to help tackle Africa’s greatest challenge (the desperate need for clean water). The magnitude of what we learned and endured during our 6 days on this incredible mountain is beyond what any of us dreamed of experiencing. Through it all this team has bonded in a unique way that very few groups of people ever have the chance to do. We have collectively raised funds for wells in East Africa that will save the lives of an uncountable number of people, and through this initiative we know that even more wells will be provided for in the days and years to come.

More to come…

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN TRANSIT BACK TO THE UNITED STATES, BUT PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE AND CHECK BACK FOR MORE PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF THE INCREDIBLE THINGS WE EXPERIENCED ON THE WORLD SERVE KILI CLIMB 2011. A FINAL WRAP-UP VIDEO WILL BE COMPLETED AND POSTED UPON OUR RETURN, AND A FULL DOCUMENTARY WILL BE IN DEVELOPMENT OVER THE COMING MONTHS THAT WILL TAKE A DEEPER LOOK INTO ALL WE EXPERIENCED THROUGH THIS ENDEAVOR ON MT. KILIMANJARO, INCLUDING SPECIAL FOOTAGE FROM SOME OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WORLD SERVE IS DOING IN EAST AFRICA. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!



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