And so, after 16 months of planning, preparing, and participating, the Mt. Kilimanjaro adventure was almost complete. Surprisingly, I did not feel a great sense of personal accomplishment the day after our ascent. I was happy to have made it for sure but my competitive days are long in the past and I wasn't about to be disappointed if my body could not handle the thin air or the rigors of mountaineering. I considered this trip to be a success based only on my acceptance to undertake it and spending quality time with good friends in exotic places. Achieving the top was grand but not the real prize for me. The real prize was being able to share the trip with friends and with Helen. I was really happy for Helen!
Day Eight - Barafu to Mweka Camp
Day Nine - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate