Just a quick note to round out the week to let everyone know that The Adventure Blog will be going on hiatus for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow I’ll catch a flight to Tanzania, where I’ll be returning to Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa at 5895 meters (19,341 ft). As you can probably imagine, I’m looking forward to being back in Africa – always one of my favorite places to visit – and taking a hike up Kili. It should be an amazing trip to an amazing part of the world.
This time out, I’ll be climbing the mountain with Tusker Trail as part of their Climb for Valor. This very special climb is being conducted to raise funds and awareness of the Duskin & Stephens Foundation, an organization dedicated to support the families of fallen members of the U.S. special forces. The team that I’ll be trekking with has worked hard to raise more than $100,000 for this cause, and now they’ll celebrate by going on one of the toughest, yet very rewarding, hikes in the entire world.
I am very fortunate to be a part of this group, and when I return I’ll be sharing stories from the climb, as well my own personal experiences on Kili. I am familiar with the mountain from a previous visit, but I am looking forward to going back and taking on the challenge once again.
For those not familiar with Tusker, they are one of the trekking companies in the world, and have been leading groups up Kilimanjaro for nearly 40 years. I’ll actually be climbing with Tusker’s founder, Eddie Frank, who has more than 50 Kili summits on his resume. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb to the Roof of Africa, and I can’t wait to share the experience with readers once I get back. You can be assured that I’ll have plenty to say about the trip upon my return.
In the meantime, I hope everyone gets outside and has a few adventures of their own in my absence. I’ll be back before you know it, and with plenty of stories to tell I’m sure.
While I’m gone, I’ll be turning off comments on this blog. It never fails that while I’m away someone ends up posting hundreds of spam comments that I have a difficult time tracking down when I return. To avoid that, I’ll switch off the ability to comment on posts for the time being, but will turn them back on once I’m home.
Take care, and talk to you all soon!
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