Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21– Hiking Kilimanjaro
"For four days, we trek over an ever-changing Kilimanjaro landscape, beginning in the lower-slope forests, then rain forest, emerging into a kind of high-desert moorland marked by shorter vegetation. By Day 2, we’re permanently above the cloud layer. At night, the starry sky is so clear you can see not only the Milky Way, thick as a vanilla shake spilled across an obsidian countertop, but also the holes in it that you probably didn’t realize were there.
During Day 2 through Day 5 we’ll find our Kilimanjaro routine: wake early, eat a hearty egg/sausage breakfast with our woolies on, pack up and hit the uphill trail, lunch, and more hiking, with rest breaks and photo ops, and arrive, blissfully spent, at camp.
Along the trail each day, we’ll see other groups of people, of course, from all over the world. They do clog up the narrow passages and if the group is up for it, and our guide deems it safe, there may be a chance to break off from the other groups on Day 3, and take on the little-used Western Breach route.
Friday, July 22 – Kilimanjaro summit day
Friday is summit day, and also descent day. It puts a beating on the body, especially legs and knees. Not long after summiting, we begin our trek downhill, lunar-hopping through steep scree to make our way toward lower climates.
This is hands down the longest and most physically and mentally challenging day of the Kilimanjaro experience. We're proud of our 100% summit success rate: Since 2009, all 35 of the Tanzania roadmonkeys have reached Uhuru Peak. Some were fast, some were slow. But everyone, summoning great mental strength, eventually got there.
We will then return to Moshi on Saturday, where hopefully a hot shower awaits (power permitting...keep your fingers crossed!). We will have a nice day off in Moshi on Sunday that I think will be much needed at that point. Monday we hop on a fight to Zanzibar; a collection of small islands with two larger islands between 16 and 31 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Once on Zanzibar we will begin out 4 day organic community garden building project!"
For next part of this odyssey the other Roadmonkeys and I will be working in the Bwejuu district, on the southeastern coast of Zanzibar. We will be building an income-producing, organic poultry farm, working alongside Bwejuu community members. After we finish on Zanzibar, I will fly back to Dar, hop on a bus and head down to Kyela and Tenende in Southern Tanzania...the place I have been missing for almost a year!
At the moment we have not raised the amount of money we will need to complete the whole project on Zanzibar, and while unfortunate it appears that we will have to select which parts to do and which parts we cannot finish. Now I am going to shamelessly ask you for money! If you know me, then you won't be surprised...but I always do it for a great cause! I really want to be able to complete the entire project, so badly that I am willing to climb a mountain for it! (It sounds pretty impressive that way, if I may say so). Actually, what I am also going to do is donate an additional $200 of my savings to help see this project completed. The whole team, as well as the Bwejuu community would be so grateful if we were able to raise the remaining $1,800. If you can, please consider donating towards our project. You can donate however little or much you see fit and are able to, and please know that every dollar will count. To see a breakdown of the project goals and costs, just leave a comment and I will e-mail it to you. If you feel compelled to donate: you rock!
Go to http://generosityinaction.org/BwejuuRoadmonkey.htm and click the red 'donate now' button.
Once at PVF/Donate page, locate the section "Designated Funds" - click the button for "Generosity in Action" - and in the text box just below specify "Roadmonkey, Bwejuu Project" and my name.