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Erotic Lion Show
Friday, August 30, 2002
We topped it off with an erotic show put on by two lions, much to everyone's fascination. Someone said it was just like watching The Discovery Channel.

The Top of Africa
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
We're sitting here taking team photos at the summit at Uhuru Peak which is the highest, at exactly 5,895 meters above sea level.

listen to audio The Top of Africa
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 (12:10 a.m. PDT)
We're sitting here taking team photos at the summit at Uhuru Peak which is the highest, at exactly 5,895 meters above sea level.

Summit Day
Monday, August 26, 2002 (2:30 p.m. PDT)
We got a full moon, stars out, Scorpio's just setting and it looks like Orion's on the way up and so are we!

Almost There
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Anyway, we've had a great day today. We climbed to 14,000' and came back down again to 12,000' where we are resting solidly...

Up Into the Moorlands
Friday, August 23, 2002
We scrambled over the rocks and got out of the roots of the lower rainforest and broke into the moorlands and saw our first giant groundsels, which is part of the senecio family.

Shoe-Suckin' Mud
Thursday, August 22, 2002 heard it here first, shoe-sucking mud. It was phenomenal. Everybody came through with flying colors, with big smiles on their face and dirt all over their lower body...

Off to the Rainforest
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Not only did all the members, but all their bags arrived as well, and we're very happy that we're off to a good start....

Guest Dispatch
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
...a few members of the team didn't lose their toenails but for the other ones it will be okay....

'Team Tired But Happy' Summits
Sunday, August 11, 2002 (11pm PDT)
We're on top of a little peak right now with 5,895 meters above mean sea level and we are exhausted and we are very happy....

In Position
Sunday, August 11, 2002
We're tucked into bed now. It's about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, however most people have been down for about an hour now in preparation for a 1 o'clock departure...

Ready to Move Up
Saturday, August 10, 2002
Everybody is now very acclimatized and we're getting very excited about the possibilities of moving up and into position for our summit bid....

The Southern Cross
Friday, August 9, 2002
Last night we were fortunate enough to see the Southern Cross for the first time, a wonderful constellation in the southern sky...

The High-Alpine Moorlands
Shira Plateau- Thursday, August 8, 2002
We finally really felt the altitude; several people are mentioning being breathless and it's more than just views that are causing that. We've come up 5,000 feet....

Through the Slimy, Muddy Stuff
Machame Camp- Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Then we started up the trail, a trail that started off real nice and then got slimy with mud and roots and all sorts of good things....

Booming Metropolis of Arusha
Arusha- Tuesday, August 6, 2002
We just made a wonderful drive from downtown Nairobi all the way down to the booming little metropolis of Arusha...

100,000 Flamingoes
Safari - Thursday, July 18, 2002
...there was maybe 100,000 of them and they were making so much racket you could barely hear...

17 of 18 Summit Under Clear Skies
Park Gate - Monday, July 15, 2002 (9am PST)
Last night we got in late after moving slow and easy all day on the mountain. From the summit, it was just clear skies and you could see in every direction, Mount Meru and all the plains in Africa...

Ready to Summit
High Camp - Saturday, July 13, 2002 (8am PST)
We'll go up about four-, well, three-and-a-half thousand feet above us right now and we'll descend down several thousand feet, maybe seven to eight thousand....

Up the Barranco Wall
Karanga Camp - Friday, July 12, 2002 (10am PST)
...we hiked up the steep wall; did some easy rock climbing, 3rd class, and some boulder moves, up about a thousand feet...

Over the Lava Flows
Barranco Hut - Thursday, July 11, 2002 (9am PST)
We are at Barranco Hut at 13,200 feet just under the Breach Wall of Kilimanjaro. We had a fantastic day today...

Through the Moor Lands
Shira Plateau - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 (10am PST)
We just had a great hike up today with a lot of good weather; beautiful hike up a ridge through some moor lands...

Hut One!
Machame Hut - Tuesday, July 9, 2002 (9pm PST)
...we're at 10,000 feet under blue skies and we're looking up at the face of Kilimanjaro. You can see the Messner Route and all the glaciers...

Beautiful Skies
Arusha - Monday, July 8, 2002 (12pm PST)
It's beautiful skies today. It's about the first time I think I've ever seen Kilimanjaro from just outside Nairobi....