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  Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Climb:  Kosovo High Camp

July 17:

Hey all it’s Calimanjaro on Kilimanjaro. We’re having a laughing attack at high camp, Kosovo, 15.600 feet, 6:20pm. (Laughter and shouting in background) As you guys can tell we are having lots of fun and we are getting ready to climb up to the roof of Africa. Everybody is doing well, we are going to head to bed for a few hours, get up at 11 and walk at midnight. Wish us a calm, lovely evening and we’ll give you a call from our last camp on the descent tomorrow evening.


July 16
Hey all y’all it’s Calimanjaro! (Cheers) We’re here at Karanga Camp, elevation 13,300 feet above sea level. It’s the 16th of July, and we had a great day, we just celebrated Joel’s Birthday (more cheers) and the General pulled out some balloon tricks to keep us entertained for the evening. We had lots of downtime this afternoon, after a long day yesterday and in preparation for moving up to high camp tomorrow. We are going to attempt to get a good night’s sleep, our last, before we go up to the roof of Africa, and tomorrow morning head up to high camp, we all send our best back home. We will give you a call from Kosovo Camp at 15,600 feet tomorrow, thanks for following along.

July 15
Hey folks its Calimanjaro here on Day 3, we are at Barranco Camp at 12,900 feet above sea level, and everyone is doing great. We had an awesome day today, about 8.5-9 hours on the trail, pretty good weather and just finished a nice big meal, and we are headed to bed, we’re bushed. Tomorrow we are going to head to Karanga Camp for our shortest day of the trip, get ourselves set up for our summit climb. Everyone send their best back home.


July 14:

Hey all, it’s Team #2 here on Kilimanjaro! We are no longer “Team #2″, we are now Calimanjaro, for the California contingent in the group. We’re here at Camp 2, Shira Camp, 12,400 feet above sea level. It is the 14th of July and we’re doing great. We had an awesome day today, about 5 and a half hours on the trail, a bunch of downtime in camp, and we just had a huge meal.
And with me, we have: General Gibbons, Ratatouille, Sunshine, Boogie, Ariel, Token, Indie, Whirling Dervish, and El Jefe. Pretty soon we are headed to bed for another good night’s sleep. Tomorrow is a long day for us to Baranco Camp. We’ll give you a call from there.
Lala salama! ["Good Night" in Swahili]


July 11:

Hi Everyone!

The team headed out on Safari today, beginning with a flight Seronera in the heart of Serengeti National Park.

We had an awesome climb and an awesome team this last week! My thanks, gratitude and congrats to a wonderful group of folks. As with last season, we brought along extra porter staff to remove excess garbage left behind by other groups. Our team of 2 hardworking staff removed an extra 90 Kg of garbage during the 7 days!

We are getting ready for team #2 here in Arusha, and we will depart for the mountain on July 13th.

Asante Sana!


July 10:
Team Uhuru Y’all Celebrates Their Climb In Arusha, Prepares to Embark on Safari

Hey everybody it’s Kilimanjaro Team Uhuru Y’all, it’s the 10th of July at about 10pm, and we are all here at the Bailey’s Hotel, enjoying a fine dinner and celebration together after a successful climb.

That’s a team of happy climbers.

Tomorrow they are going to head out on Safari for a four night, three day trip through Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire National Parks. And we’d like to say thank you to our Tanzanian staff, and everybody here in Arusha and on the mountain for an awesome climb. We’ll send one more cybercast, thanks for following along everybody.

Team 1, Uhuru Y’all, Summits In Great Weather! Everyone Back Down Safely.
Posted on July 9, 2012 by alpineascents

Hey everyone it’s Uhuru Y’all, team #1 on Kilimanjaro. It’s the 9th of July, Monday at about 6:30 pm and we had a great summit day today, awesome weather, everybody did great. We are now down at our low camp on the mountain, at Millennium, about 12,200 feet and we are going to have our last dinner here on the mountain with our Tanzanian Crew, and tomorrow head on down to the Mweka gate and out to Arusha so we can have our celebration dinner and get set up for everyone to go on Safari. Uhuru would like to wish a happy birthday to Julie and to let her know that we did it! Everyone is doing awesome and sends their best back to everyone at home.

Team 1, Uhuru Y’all Heading to High Camp After Breakfast.
Posted on July 8, 2012 by alpineascents

Good Morning everybody it’s Uhuru Y’all here on Kilimanjaro. It is the morning of the 8th of July at about 8:45 and we are just wrapping up breakfast and headed up to high camp. Tonight we’ll be climbing to the roof of Africa and we’ll give you a call after we make our ascent and reach our low camp, the last night on the mountain. Thanks for following along.

Uhuru Y’all Reaches Karanga, Prepares for Summit Tomorrow Night.
Posted on July 7, 2012 by alpineascents

Hey everyone its Uhuru Y’all, it’s the 7th of July and we are currently at Camp 4, Karanga, currently have some pretty high winds and a lot of dust, but everyone is doing great. We had a short day to Karanga, today, lots of down time, and we are getting ready to push up to high camp, and to the roof of Africa, tomorrow night. So stay tuned for more.


Uhuru Y’all Heading To Bed At Barranco Camp After A Fantastic Day Of Climbing
Posted on July 6, 2012 by alpineascents

Hey everyone, it’s Uhuru Y’all, from Kilimanjaro… at 12,900 feet. We had a fantastic day today, a lot of sunshine, calm weather. Everyone is doing well. It was a very scenic day, up to about 15,000 feet, back down here to 12,900. It’s just before 9 o’clock, everyone’s headed to bed. I’ve got some tired climbers and we’re going to get a good night’s sleep. And hopefully we’ll have some more beautiful weather tomorrow, the shortest day of the trip, on up to Karanga Camp at 13,300 feet.

Everyone sends their best back home, Ciao for now!

Team 1, Uhuru Y’all, Enjoying Themselves At Camp 2
Posted on July 5, 2012 by alpineascents

Hey everyone, it’s Team #1 here on Kilimanjaro! It’s the 5th of July and we are at Camp 2, Shira Camp (12,450 feet). Everybody is doing fannntastic! We’re having a few phone difficulties, so we weren’t able to cybercast in last night, apologize for that. But we wanted to let you know that we’re all thinking of you, and we celebrated the 4th of July here, in Tanzania, on Kilimanjaro.

So we’ve decided on a team name, we will no longer be Team #1, we are team Uhuru Y’all. “Y’all” for the southern contingent in this group, and “uhuru” means “freedom” in Swahili… so Uhuru Y’all.

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to another great day, weather looks fantastic today. Tomorrow we’re going to climb up to about 15,000 feet, and then descend down to Barranco Camp, which is one of our longer… Transmission ends.

Machame Camp Arrival
Posted on July 4, 2012 by alpineascents
Team 1 wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July! The team enjoyed the first day trekking through the gorgeous rainforest from Machame Gate to Machame Camp. We are working on a satellite phone problem that came up, but they did report back that everyone is safe and happy celebrating the holiday.

Team 1 arrives in Arusha
Posted on July 3, 2012 by alpineascents
A warm greetings from Arusha Tanzania everyone. I arrived on Saturday to begin the prep for our busy Summer 2012 season. Most of team 1 arrived fine last night (Monday), with 1 member having arrived a few days earlier and enjoying some relaxation African style. Everyone is excited to get to the mountain! 3 folks are still waiting on luggage from KLM, so keep your fingers crossed it comes on the flight tonight!

Today we had our orientation here at the hotel, followed by gear checks, and a walking town tour. Tonight we will enjoy our first dinner together as a team, and hopefully a great nights sleep before we head out tomorrow for Kilimanjaro.

Our first day of trekking will begin at the Machame gate, elevation 6,400′, ending at Machame camp 10,000′ and about 6 hours. Most of tomorrow is under the canopy of the rain forest, lush and beautiful.

We will be sending in a cybercast each day, so keep tuning in as we ascend to the roof of Africa together.

All The Best!

Eric and Team #1

Team 1 - Departing 7/1/2012
Guide: Eric Murphy
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Ivka Adam
Stephanie Borges
Michael Borges
Evan Cavenaugh
Katherine Cavenaugh
Jay Cavenaugh 3
Jay Cavenaugh 4
Jessica Dzubnar
Matthew Garvin
Jeff Garvin
Sharon Rae Gross
Suzanne Hollifield
Dawn Jahnke
Rahul Mahna
Nicholas Sakkas
Elizabeth Symons
Desiree Zolg


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