A Journey to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

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Photos from Nancy Sutherland's ascent of Kilimanjaro, a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with Tusker Outfitters in January 2010.

Photos from Nancy Sutherland's ascent of Kilimanjaro, a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with Tusker Outfitters in January 2010.

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  • 1. A JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT
    OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO
  • 2. HIGHEST PEAKS ON EARTH’S SEVEN CONTINENTS
    KILIMANJARO – AFRICA’S TALLEST AT 19,340 FEET
  • 3. COMPARATIVE HEIGHT OF THE SUMMITS
    KILIMANJARO IS FOURTH HIGHEST SUMMIT
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6. SETTING LOFTY GOALS
    • FUND-RAISING GOAL FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER
    • 7. A DOLLAR A FOOT = $20,000
    • 8. FROM OVER 200 CONTRIBUTORS
    • 9. REACHING THE SUMMIT AT 19,340 FEET
    • 10. JOHN TESTED AS FREE OF CANCER
  • 11. MOSHI TANZANIA – LAUNCHING POINT FOR THE CLIMB
  • 12. SNOW-COVERED KILIMANJARO AS A BACKDROP
  • 13. TEAM’S FIRST MEETING FOR THE CLIMB ORIENTATION AND GEAR CHECK
  • 14. ORGANIZING GEAR DUFFLES FOR 10 DAYS AND FINAL CHECK OF DAY PACKS
  • 15. THE TEAM -- FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION –ON DRIVE TO NATIONAL PARK
  • 16. REGISTERING AT WESTERN LONDOROSSI GATE OF THE NATIONAL PARK
    WITH OUR TUSKER TRAIL GUIDES
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. RAIN-DRENCHED RUTTED ROADS AS WE DRIVE TO TRAIL HEAD
  • 20.
  • 21. MEETING UP WITH THE 74 PORTERS AT THE LEMOSHO GLADES TRAILHEAD
  • 22.
  • 23. 4 TO 5 HOUR HIKE THROUGH RAIN FOREST
  • 24. UNTOUCHED VEGETATION GROWS ACROSS NARROW TRACK
  • 25. BIG TREE FOREST CAMP 9,170 FT / 2,800 M
  • 26. THE DAY’S TREK OF 6 TO 7 HOURS BEGINS IN REMAINING RAIN FOREST
  • 27. GIANT MOORLAND ZONE –GAINING ALTITUDE OF 2,400 FEET
  • 28.
  • 29.
  • 30.
  • 31. TRANSITION FROM THE RAIN FOREST TO ALPINE ZONE – THE LAST WARM DAY
  • 32. SHIRA CAMP AT 11,500 ft / 3,505 m
  • 33.
  • 34. DELICIOUS HEARTY MEALS AND ALWAYS SOUP -- CHEF LOOKS ON
  • 35. SHIRA CALDERA—HIGH ALTITUDE DESERT PLATEAU—FIRST CLOSE VIEW OF KIBO
  • 36. GOAL TO REACH UHURU PEAK ON KIBO
  • 37.
  • 38. 7 HOUR HIKE ACROSS THE SHIRA PLATEAU AND SHIRA CATHEDRAL
  • 39.
  • 40. PORTERS’ RHYTHMIC SONG ON ARRIVAL AT MOIR CAMP 13,650 ft /4,160 m
  • 41.
  • 42.
  • 43. CLIMBERS APPEAR LIKE A TRAIL OF ANTS ON ASCENT TO LAVA TOWER
  • 44.
  • 45.
  • 46. WE’LL TREK UP TO LAVA TOWER AT 14,950 ft / 4,566 m –ACCLIMATIZATION
  • 47. TREKKING THROUGH THE GIANT SENECIO FOREST TO BARRANCO CAMP
  • 48. BARRANCO CAMP AT 12,950 ft / 3,950 m -- AT FOOT OF BARRANCO WALL
  • 49. 500 FOOT LAVA FLOW -- NOT TECHNICAL WALL BUT STILL CHALLENGING
  • 50. BARRANCO WALL – FANTASTIC VIEWS OF CRAGS AND CREVASSES
  • 51.
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  • 53.
  • 54.
  • 55.
  • 56. PORTERS ASCEND ON THE SAME ROUTE UP THE BARRANCO WALL
  • 57. KARANGA CAMP AT 13,200 FT / 4,023 M –BEAUTIFUL VALLEY SUNSETS
  • 58.
  • 59. ACCLIMATIZATON HIKE TO 14,500 ft / 4,420 m –RETURN TO KARANGA CAMP
  • 60. THE TEAM – ON ROCKY, CRAGGY SLOPES TO BARAFU CAMP
  • 61.
  • 62.
  • 63.
  • 64. BARAFU CAMP 15,200 ft / 4,633 m * BARAFU MEANS “ICE” IN SWAHILI
  • 65. RETURN PAST OTHER CAMPSITES AFTER AFTERNOON ACCLIMATIZATION TREK
  • 66. SUMMIT DAY –RISING AT 4:00 AM JUST BEFORE SUNRISE
  • 67. HEADLAMPS LIGHT THE PATH AS THE TEAM HEADS FOR THE SUMMIT
  • 68.
  • 69.
  • 70.
  • 71. STELLA POINT -- JUST 200 FEET FROM UHURU PEAK
  • 72. AMID THE CLOUDS AS WE APPROACH UHURU PEAK
  • 73.
  • 74.
  • 75.
  • 76. THE SIGNPOST FOR UHURU –A SMALL DOT AT THE TOP OF THE RISE
  • 77.
  • 78.
  • 79. SUMMITED TO UHURU PEAK AT 19,340 FT / 5,895 M
    HOLDING A LIST OF 221 CONTRIBUTORS -- $20,730
  • 80.
  • 81. THE SUN CAME OUT AND WE ALL CELEBRATED
  • 82. ON UHURU PEAK – THANKFUL FOR MY TUSKER PORTER
  • 83.
  • 84.
  • 85.
  • 86.
  • 87.
  • 88. ON THE DESCENT TO BARAFU CAMP –LATE IN THE AFTERNOON
  • 89. DAY AFTER SUMMITING -- ON ROUTE TO MWEKA CAMP – IN THE RAIN
  • 90. A TRIBUTE TO THE PORTERS AT MWEKA CAMP 10,400 ft / 3,170 m
  • 91.
  • 92. WHATEVER YOU DREAM . . . CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED