Sunday, January 17, 2010
Day 6 - To the Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
In less then an hour Paulie should be at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Paulie started hiking at midnight with the most challenging 6 hour section of the entire climb as he headed for Stella Point, which he should have reached around sunrise. Then after a short break he has to continue walking for the next 2 hours in snow, until he reaches Uhuru Peak, also know as the Summit! When British-administered Tanganyika gained its independence in 1961, the peak was named "Uhuru peak", meaning "Freedom peak" in Swahili. ...
It is -7 degrees there right now.
Once Paulie is there he will hold out the banner from Mr. Bucher's 5th grade class, The Braniacs, and hopefully get a few pictures. He will then release Sammie's tail hair in her honor and memory. He will say a prayer to thank God for getting him there safely and then he will head back down. Another 8 hours down! It takes 6 days to get there due to acclimatization and only 8 hours to get back down to Mweka Camp (elevation 10,170')where he will spend the night.
I hope he is able to call me from the top....I will let you know right away.