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A JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT <br />OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO <br />
HIGHEST PEAKS ON EARTH’S SEVEN CONTINENTS<br />KILIMANJARO – AFRICA’S TALLEST AT 19,340 FEET<br />
COMPARATIVE HEIGHT OF THE SUMMITS <br />KILIMANJARO IS FOURTH HIGHEST SUMMIT <br />
   SETTING LOFTY GOALS<br /><ul><li> FUND-RAISING GOAL FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER
  A DOLLAR  A FOOT  =  $20,000
  FROM OVER 200 CONTRIBUTORS
REACHING THE SUMMIT AT 19,340 FEET
JOHN TESTED AS FREE OF CANCER </li></li></ul><li>
MOSHI  TANZANIA – LAUNCHING POINT FOR THE CLIMB<br />
SNOW-COVERED KILIMANJARO AS A BACKDROP<br />
TEAM’S FIRST MEETING FOR THE CLIMB ORIENTATION AND GEAR CHECK <br />
ORGANIZING GEAR DUFFLES FOR 10 DAYS AND FINAL CHECK OF DAY PACKS <br />
THE TEAM -- FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION –ON DRIVE TO NATIONAL PARK<br />
REGISTERING AT WESTERN LONDOROSSI GATE OF THE NATIONAL PARK <br />WITH OUR TUSKER TRAIL GUIDES <br />
RAIN-DRENCHED RUTTED ROADS AS WE DRIVE TO TRAIL HEAD <br />
MEETING UP WITH THE 74 PORTERS AT THE LEMOSHO GLADES TRAILHEAD <br />
4 TO 5 HOUR HIKE THROUGH RAIN FOREST<br />
UNTOUCHED VEGETATION GROWS ACROSS NARROW TRACK <br />
BIG TREE FOREST CAMP  9,170 FT / 2,800 M<br />
THE DAY’S TREK OF 6 TO 7 HOURS BEGINS IN REMAINING RAIN FOREST <br />
GIANT MOORLAND ZONE –GAINING ALTITUDE OF 2,400 FEET <br />
TRANSITION FROM THE RAIN FOREST TO ALPINE ZONE – THE LAST WARM DAY<br />
SHIRA CAMP AT 11,500 ft / 3,505 m<br />
DELICIOUS HEARTY MEALS AND ALWAYS SOUP  -- CHEF LOOKS ON <br />
 SHIRA CALDERA—HIGH ALTITUDE DESERT PLATEAU—FIRST CLOSE  VIEW OF KIBO<br />
GOAL TO REACH UHURU PEAK ON KIBO <br />
7 HOUR HIKE ACROSS THE SHIRA PLATEAU AND SHIRA CATHEDRAL <br />
PORTERS’ RHYTHMIC SONG ON ARRIVAL AT MOIR CAMP 13,650 ft /4,160 m<br />
CLIMBERS APPEAR LIKE A TRAIL OF ANTS ON ASCENT TO LAVA TOWER<br />
WE’LL TREK UP TO LAVA TOWER AT 14,950 ft / 4,566 m –ACCLIMATIZATION <br />
TREKKING THROUGH THE GIANT SENECIO FOREST TO BARRANCO CAMP <br />
BARRANCO CAMP AT 12,950 ft / 3,950 m  -- AT FOOT OF BARRANCO WALL <br />
500 FOOT LAVA FLOW  --  NOT TECHNICAL WALL BUT STILL CHALLENGING<br />
BARRANCO WALL – FANTASTIC VIEWS OF CRAGS AND CREVASSES<br />
PORTERS ASCEND ON THE SAME ROUTE UP THE BARRANCO WALL <br />
KARANGA CAMP  AT 13,200 FT / 4,023 M –BEAUTIFUL VALLEY SUNSETS <br />
ACCLIMATIZATON HIKE TO 14,500 ft / 4,420 m –RETURN TO KARANGA CAMP<br />
THE TEAM – ON  ROCKY, CRAGGY SLOPES TO BARAFU CAMP <br />
BARAFU CAMP  15,200 ft / 4,633 m  *  BARAFU MEANS “ICE” IN SWAHILI<br />
RETURN  PAST OTHER CAMPSITES AFTER AFTERNOON ACCLIMATIZATION TREK <br />
SUMMIT DAY –RISING AT 4:00  AM  JUST BEFORE SUNRISE  <br />
HEADLAMPS  LIGHT THE PATH AS THE TEAM HEADS FOR THE SUMMIT <br />
STELLA POINT  -- JUST 200 FEET FROM UHURU PEAK <br />
AMID THE CLOUDS AS WE APPROACH UHURU PEAK <br />
THE SIGNPOST FOR UHURU –A SMALL DOT  AT THE TOP OF THE RISE <br />
SUMMITED TO UHURU PEAK AT 19,340 FT / 5,895 M<br />HOLDING A LIST OF 221 CONTRIBUTORS -- $20,730   <br />
THE SUN CAME OUT  AND WE ALL CELEBRATED <br />
ON UHURU PEAK – THANKFUL FOR MY TUSKER PORTER <br />
ON THE DESCENT TO BARAFU CAMP –LATE IN THE AFTERNOON <br />
DAY AFTER SUMMITING -- ON ROUTE TO MWEKA CAMP – IN THE RAIN<br />
A TRIBUTE TO THE PORTERS AT MWEKA CAMP  10,400 ft / 3,170 m <br />
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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.

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  1. 1. A JOURNEY TO THE SUMMIT <br />OF MOUNT KILIMANJARO <br />
  2. 2. HIGHEST PEAKS ON EARTH’S SEVEN CONTINENTS<br />KILIMANJARO – AFRICA’S TALLEST AT 19,340 FEET<br />
  3. 3. COMPARATIVE HEIGHT OF THE SUMMITS <br />KILIMANJARO IS FOURTH HIGHEST SUMMIT <br />
  4. 4.
  5. 5.
  6. 6. SETTING LOFTY GOALS<br /><ul><li> FUND-RAISING GOAL FOR SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER
  7. 7. A DOLLAR A FOOT = $20,000
  8. 8. FROM OVER 200 CONTRIBUTORS
  9. 9. REACHING THE SUMMIT AT 19,340 FEET
  10. 10. JOHN TESTED AS FREE OF CANCER </li></li></ul><li>
  11. 11. MOSHI TANZANIA – LAUNCHING POINT FOR THE CLIMB<br />
  12. 12. SNOW-COVERED KILIMANJARO AS A BACKDROP<br />
  13. 13. TEAM’S FIRST MEETING FOR THE CLIMB ORIENTATION AND GEAR CHECK <br />
  14. 14. ORGANIZING GEAR DUFFLES FOR 10 DAYS AND FINAL CHECK OF DAY PACKS <br />
  15. 15. THE TEAM -- FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION –ON DRIVE TO NATIONAL PARK<br />
  16. 16. REGISTERING AT WESTERN LONDOROSSI GATE OF THE NATIONAL PARK <br />WITH OUR TUSKER TRAIL GUIDES <br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18.
  19. 19. RAIN-DRENCHED RUTTED ROADS AS WE DRIVE TO TRAIL HEAD <br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21. MEETING UP WITH THE 74 PORTERS AT THE LEMOSHO GLADES TRAILHEAD <br />
  22. 22.
  23. 23. 4 TO 5 HOUR HIKE THROUGH RAIN FOREST<br />
  24. 24. UNTOUCHED VEGETATION GROWS ACROSS NARROW TRACK <br />
  25. 25. BIG TREE FOREST CAMP 9,170 FT / 2,800 M<br />
  26. 26. THE DAY’S TREK OF 6 TO 7 HOURS BEGINS IN REMAINING RAIN FOREST <br />
  27. 27. GIANT MOORLAND ZONE –GAINING ALTITUDE OF 2,400 FEET <br />
  28. 28.
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
  31. 31. TRANSITION FROM THE RAIN FOREST TO ALPINE ZONE – THE LAST WARM DAY<br />
  32. 32. SHIRA CAMP AT 11,500 ft / 3,505 m<br />
  33. 33.
  34. 34. DELICIOUS HEARTY MEALS AND ALWAYS SOUP -- CHEF LOOKS ON <br />
  35. 35. SHIRA CALDERA—HIGH ALTITUDE DESERT PLATEAU—FIRST CLOSE VIEW OF KIBO<br />
  36. 36. GOAL TO REACH UHURU PEAK ON KIBO <br />
  37. 37.
  38. 38. 7 HOUR HIKE ACROSS THE SHIRA PLATEAU AND SHIRA CATHEDRAL <br />
  39. 39.
  40. 40. PORTERS’ RHYTHMIC SONG ON ARRIVAL AT MOIR CAMP 13,650 ft /4,160 m<br />
  41. 41.
  42. 42.
  43. 43. CLIMBERS APPEAR LIKE A TRAIL OF ANTS ON ASCENT TO LAVA TOWER<br />
  44. 44.
  45. 45.
  46. 46. WE’LL TREK UP TO LAVA TOWER AT 14,950 ft / 4,566 m –ACCLIMATIZATION <br />
  47. 47. TREKKING THROUGH THE GIANT SENECIO FOREST TO BARRANCO CAMP <br />
  48. 48. BARRANCO CAMP AT 12,950 ft / 3,950 m -- AT FOOT OF BARRANCO WALL <br />
  49. 49. 500 FOOT LAVA FLOW -- NOT TECHNICAL WALL BUT STILL CHALLENGING<br />
  50. 50. BARRANCO WALL – FANTASTIC VIEWS OF CRAGS AND CREVASSES<br />
  51. 51.
  52. 52.
  53. 53.
  54. 54.
  55. 55.
  56. 56. PORTERS ASCEND ON THE SAME ROUTE UP THE BARRANCO WALL <br />
  57. 57. KARANGA CAMP AT 13,200 FT / 4,023 M –BEAUTIFUL VALLEY SUNSETS <br />
  58. 58.
  59. 59. ACCLIMATIZATON HIKE TO 14,500 ft / 4,420 m –RETURN TO KARANGA CAMP<br />
  60. 60. THE TEAM – ON ROCKY, CRAGGY SLOPES TO BARAFU CAMP <br />
  61. 61.
  62. 62.
  63. 63.
  64. 64. BARAFU CAMP 15,200 ft / 4,633 m * BARAFU MEANS “ICE” IN SWAHILI<br />
  65. 65. RETURN PAST OTHER CAMPSITES AFTER AFTERNOON ACCLIMATIZATION TREK <br />
  66. 66. SUMMIT DAY –RISING AT 4:00 AM JUST BEFORE SUNRISE <br />
  67. 67. HEADLAMPS LIGHT THE PATH AS THE TEAM HEADS FOR THE SUMMIT <br />
  68. 68.
  69. 69.
  70. 70.
  71. 71. STELLA POINT -- JUST 200 FEET FROM UHURU PEAK <br />
  72. 72. AMID THE CLOUDS AS WE APPROACH UHURU PEAK <br />
  73. 73.
  74. 74.
  75. 75.
  76. 76. THE SIGNPOST FOR UHURU –A SMALL DOT AT THE TOP OF THE RISE <br />
  77. 77.
  78. 78.
  79. 79. SUMMITED TO UHURU PEAK AT 19,340 FT / 5,895 M<br />HOLDING A LIST OF 221 CONTRIBUTORS -- $20,730 <br />
  80. 80.
  81. 81. THE SUN CAME OUT AND WE ALL CELEBRATED <br />
  82. 82. ON UHURU PEAK – THANKFUL FOR MY TUSKER PORTER <br />
  83. 83.
  84. 84.
  85. 85.
  86. 86.
  87. 87.
  88. 88. ON THE DESCENT TO BARAFU CAMP –LATE IN THE AFTERNOON <br />
  89. 89. DAY AFTER SUMMITING -- ON ROUTE TO MWEKA CAMP – IN THE RAIN<br />
  90. 90. A TRIBUTE TO THE PORTERS AT MWEKA CAMP 10,400 ft / 3,170 m <br />
  91. 91.
  92. 92. WHATEVER YOU DREAM . . . CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED <br />

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