Kilimanjaro Winter 2009-2010 Cybercast

Team VI: 2/21/2010

TEAM 6 FINAL AND SEASON WRAP UP

Hi everyone. It is nearly 4 pm on Sunday 2/21 here in Arusha, Tanzania. The afternoon rains are in full swing, with their usual intensity, and I am enjoying a little late lunch before 20 hours of flights back to Seattle.

Team 6 departed for Safari yesterday morning, on their way to visit some of the incredible National Parks in the Northern circut. They will enjoy Tarangire, NgoroNgoro, and Serengeti, while staying at the luxurious Sopa Lodges each night. David and Marian caught a 6 am flight yesterday, on their way to phase 2 of their honeymoon- 3 weeks trekking in Nepal. They will be visiting the Kumbu region, and adjacent valleys where they will have fulls views of the Everest region of the Nepalese Himalaya.

My congratulations to team 6 for a wonderful and successful end to the Winter 2009/2010 season. All members reached the summit, despite some windy, cold and snowy conditions, and everyone had a great (if not challenging) time doing it.

For the 2009/10 Winter season we enjoyed 70 of 73 climbers reaching the summit of Africa!

My thanks go out to my fellow Tanzanian guides and staff who work so hard to help make this program the success that it is. I am happy to call these good people my friends and I look forward to returning in July to continue our adventures together on Kilimanjaro.

A few season end quotes:

"Can't is not an option" Christine S.

"Thanks Eric, for an amazing experience" Faye and Drew E.

" A great climb with an outstanding guide, and a wonderful, compatible group." Ray R.

" Whoever says it is a walk up- it's a lie" Marian H.

" Outstanding combination of guiding and local support. Alpine Ascents has this trip totally dialed." Dave L.

" What do you mean you can't drink beer above 10,000' feet?! Dave S.

Thanks for following along! We will be back in July 2010!

My Best

Eric Murphy

21 February 2010

Team VI: 2/19/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, it is Friday the 19th of February here in Arusha at about 6pm. The Team has all made it back to Arusha safe and sound, I am happy to say that everyone, all 13 of us, 14 including me, summitted Kilimanjaro yesterday in some rather interesting conditions. Everybody did really well, the last folks were on top by 7:00 am and we had what you might call a rather rainy, icy, windy, cold summit day which was then followed by a rather wet and torrential downpour down to Mweka camp down to 10,000 ft. We are all getting cleaned up and now we are getting ready to head out for a celebratory dinner and some goodbye before everyone leaves on safari tomorrow. I will follow up with a finishing cybercast from the team and for this season, thanks for following along.

Team VI: 2/16/2010
Hey folks it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro Tuesday the 16th and at about 5:30pm we are here at camp IV Karanga, 13,200 feet. We had a great couple of days the last two days; yesterday we went to Barranco, one of our long days, about 8 hours everyone is doing good. And today to Karanga, short day. (…transmission break…)

Team VI: 2/15/2010
Morning everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, Monday the 15th of February about 8:30 in the morning. We are here at Shira camp, camp II, 12,000 feet and the weather is stellar. The group is doing great; everybody is feeling good and having a wonderful time up here. We are headed out for one of our longer days, day 3 on a traverse of the west side of the mountain to Barranco camp at 12,900 feet. We are looking forward to a nice day, we will give you a ring tomorrow. Out.

Team VI: 2/14/2010
Good morning everybody, it is Eric Murphy here on Kilimanjaro, Sunday the 14th of February, Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers out there. This is trip #6, the final trip for the winter 2009-2010 season. Just a little bit to catch us up from the last few days (…transmission break…)

Team V: 2/10/2010

Team 5 returns to Arusha

Hello everyone! It is 5pm on Wed Feb 10th here in hot, sunny Arusha. Team 5 departed for safari this morning, heading to the amazing National Parks of Tarangire, NgoroNgoro, and Serengeti.

We all enjoyed a fabulous celebration dinner on our last night together (Tue eve).

A few quotes from the team: "We did it all with patience, perserverence, friendship, and teamwork!" Don & Tony

"you know you've been on the mountain too long when" : "you feel totally cleaned after using wet wipes" "you expect every morning to have tea or coffee brought to your tent door" "when a mobile port-o-potty is considered a true luxury" "you begin to understand Swahili"

My congrats to team 5 for reaching their dreams and goals on Kili!

Best

Eric Murphy

Team V: 2/8/2010
Hey folks it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, it is Monday about 11:30 in the morning and we are all back at high camp here on the 8th after a successful summit, everybody made the top. We had great weather today, probably the best on the trip so far and good conditions. A couple of folks had to push through some altitude windows but they pushed through. We are just now packing up, getting ready to have lunch and heading down to our low camp on the mountain which will either be Millennium or Mweka has yet to be determined, hopefully Mweka at 10,000 ft. Tomorrow we will hike our last four or five hours (…transmission break…) we will follow up with one more cybercast from town (…transmission break…)

Team V: 2/7/2010
Hey friends it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, Sunday the 7th of February at about 6:30 in the evening. We are here at high camp, Kosovo 15,500 ft above elevation, just getting ready to put our heads down for about 4 ˝ hours until we get up and climb to the roof of Africa. The weather is good, we had some rain today on our way up but things are clearing, looking good for tonight so keep your fingers crossed there. Everyone is doing pretty well here, feeling the altitude a little bit but that is normal. We are looking forward to a nice summit, we will give you guys a ring on the downside on our swing back to our last camp on the mountain before we return to Arusha on Tuesday. These guys get ready to go on Safari the following day, Wednesday morning and I get to enjoy a day off before wrapping up the season with trip #6. Stay tuned for more.

Team V: 2/6/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, February 6th Saturday at about 8:30pm here on the mountain we are just getting ready to go to bed after a great day, day 4 to Karanga it was a short day 3 ˝ hours for the team which left us a lot of time for relaxing, taking pictures and so on. We all learned a game called last card which is what the Tanzanians play here; we had a few vicious rounds of last card, Craig did pretty well. We had a nice dinner of pork chops rice and vegetables. We are getting ready to go to bed our last restful day before our push up to high camp and make our summit attempt. Tomorrow we are going to move up to 15,500 feet, at Kosovo our high camp, should be about 4 ˝ to 5 hours walking including lunch and there we will be getting in position to summit. We had some more rain today and some thunder storms and even some lightening but it is clearing up in the evening, some lightening off in the distance and we are looking forward to a good night sleep, stay tuned for more.

Team V: 2/5/2010
Hey friends, it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro it is Friday the 5th of February at about 7 in the evening, we are here at 12,900 ft, Barranco camp on day 3. We have a nice long day for folks about 7 to 8 hours, a couple of people feeling the altitude but everyone is in camp safe; happy to have a good dinner and get some rest after a long day. We are set for a short day tomorrow to Karanga. We are getting some good rain today, we are hoping that the weather is going to improve for us a little bit, lots of clouds down low which are building up and giving us moisture. That is about all for now, stay tuned for more

Team V: 2/4/2010
Hey friends, it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, Thursday the 4th of February at about 9pm here at Shira camp our camp II on the mountain elevation 12,300 ft above sea level. We had a nice relaxing day today about four hours on the trail. We spent a lot of the afternoon reading, sleeping, lounging and playing cards. Craig, Paul, Tony and I just finished up a nice round of Texas holdem and we are headed to bed. Tomorrow is one of our longer days and we are looking forward to hopefully a little bit of better weather tomorrow and some sunshine and good views of the mountain, it was raining pretty good today. Thats all for now.

Team V: 2/3/2010
Hello friends it is Eric Murphy calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is the 3rd of February about 8pm Wednesday. Team #5 has assembled here in Tanzania, we did gear checks and orientation yesterday, today we begin our climb to the mountain. Team 5 is Craig York, Paul Davies, Tony Sampson and Don Sampson. We are here at our first camp, 10,000 ft Machame camp after roughly five hours of walking. It was a really warm day today with just a little bit of light rain in the forth zone (…transmission garbled…). We are headed to bed, looking forward to a nice day tomorrow. Tony and Donald are exercising lots of patience and taking it slow and we are basically cruising along and enjoying the mountain. Please follow along as we climb to the roof of Africa.

Team IV: 2/1/2010
Hi Everyone,

It is Monday the 1st of February here in Arusha. The team has all made it back to town from the mountain, and folks are preparing to leave for safari, with a few returning home today.

Are summit day was very clear, with moderate winds, and definitely some cold temps. Full puffy clothes for sure. Unfortunately not everyone was able to make the summit, but most did, and all had a good time on the mountain.

We all enjoyed a final dinner together at the Bay Leaf last night, and crashed hard, if not a bit too late. 12 of the crew are off to the famous National Parks of Tarangire, NgoroNgoro, and Serengeti, for 4 days and 3 nights.

My thanks and congrats to the team for all their hard work, and personal successes on Kilimanjaro.

Best

Eric Murphy

Team IV: 1/29/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric on Kilimanjaro Friday the 29th of January about 6:00pm. We are all here happily installed at high camp at around 15,500 ft and we just enjoyed a nice meal of spaghetti with meat sauce and shish kabobs and vegetables and we are headed to bed to rest for a few hours before we get up and go to the summit. We will be getting up at 11:00 tonight and leaving right around midnight. Everybody is doing good, we are focused on having everything prepared and making it to the top. The weather is currently great and I dont see any reason to make me think that it is going to change; we will have lots of sunshine tomorrow. That is all for now, we will give a cybercasts on the down side, once we are all back here at high camp and descending down to our last camp on the mountain, tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for following along.

Team IV: 1/28/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro Thursday, the 28th of January, just after 8pm at camp IV, Karanga which by the way means peanut in Swahili. We are just heading to bed after a nice dinner of chicken, rice and vegetables. Folks are looking to get another good night sleep tonight before our push up to high camp tomorrow. We had a rather leisurely day today, about four hours on the trail and less elevation gain than some of the other days so this afternoon was filled with some napping, reading and general relaxation. There are a couple of folks fighting the altitude a little bit but we are hoping that they will be on the upswing tomorrow and other than that everyone is doing great. Tomorrow is our move up to high camp and getting in position for the summit and Friday night we have got a full moon for the summit on this trip which will definitely be gorgeous. We are hoping that the good weather will continue, today was very mild; mild temps, lots of sunshine and we are hoping to have good weather for the summit too. So follow along for our cybercast tomorrow.

Team IV: 1/27/2010
Hey folk it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, the 27th of January, Wednesday. We are all here in camp, our third camp, Barranco and it is about 5 minutes before 8:00. We just had a nice big meal of mashed potatoes, a local dish made from spinach and kale, and shish kabob chicken, dinner was wonderful. Everybody is tucking into bed right now; getting a nice sleep after a hard day today. Today was one of our longer days 8-9 hours for folks, everybody is doing quite well, a few of us where able to scramble Lava Tower today including Carie Parsi, it was quite inspirational. We have got a couple of nick names going with the team so far; Amanda is now Princess and Molly is now known as Tiny Tank and little did we know Amanda had brought her pillow along on the trip. Mitch wanted to thank the Tanzanian porters and guides for their hard work and in general today all the girls rocked. Our team name is now Shake Your Booty and we came up with that today after dancing and singing on our arrival to camp with the Tanzanians. Things are going well and we are going to get a good nights rest and then enjoy a short day tomorrow to Karanga so please stay tuned for more, cheers.

Team IV: 1/26/2010
Hey friends it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro it is Tuesday, the 26th again at about 8:15pm in the evening. We are all here happily installed in camp at Shira camp; 12,300 feet on the Shira Plateau, camp II. We had a very nice day today sunshine and somewhat in the clouds which actually helped cool things down. Everybody is doing well, we just enjoyed a nice dinner of beef stroganoff, rice, veggies and some fried bananas for dessert. We are looking forward to a good night sleep here before a long day tomorrow up to camp III at Barranco. Please stayed tuned for some more cybercasts, cheers.

Team IV: 1/26/2010
Good morning everyone, it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, it is Tuesday the 26th of January at about 8:10 am here on the mountain. This will be the first official cybercast for team four. Team four is; Jeff Duffin, Andy Groves, Kelly Duffin-Maxwell, Tim Maxwell, Carmel Galvin, Catherine Lenny, Molly Swaggert, Mitch Swaggert, Marlene McEwan, Carie Parsi, Tracy Cushing, Matthew Cushing, Amanda Allen and Nick Swaggert. So everyone arrived safely a couple of days ago in Arusha with all of their bags and on Sunday we went through out gear checks and general orientation and prep for the mountain. Yesterday we had a nice walk in very good weather with just a little bit of rain for about five and half hours to our first camp here on Kilimanjaro, Machame camp, elevation 10,000 ft. We are just getting rolling this morning, nice and early, the sun is up, the skies are blue, the weather looks to be perfect today, probably even on the warm side. Today we are moving to camp II, Shira camp at about 12,200 ft, we will probably be about five hours on the trail. Everybody thus far is doing great, happy to be here and we will be posting some more cybercasts probably this afternoon from our next camp, stay tuned.

Team III: 1/22/2010

Mid Season Success!

It is 10 am on Friday January 22nd here in Arusha. Team #3 has departed for the Northern Safari Circut, Visiting the famous National Parks of Tarangire, NgoroNgoro, and Serengeti. Everyone departed very happy, if not a bit worn out from the Kilimanjaro climb. Team 3 pushed thru some challenging moments on the summit climb, and everyone made it to the roof of Africa.

My hearty congrats to the team and my fellow Tanzanian/Chaga guides and staff who work very hard here to help make this trip all it can be for the climbers!!!

I am very happy to say that all climbers from trips #1-3 have made the summit this season!

We have had a rather dramatic weather shift, and it is now warm and dry in the region, as the short rains of November and December have finally abated.

I am enjoying a day off here by the pool and recharging for the upcoming climbs with teams 4, 5 and 6.

Please join us as we continue a great season here on Kilimanjaro!

My Best

Eric Murphy

Team III: 1/19/2010
Greetings everyone it is Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro the 19th of January, Tuesday here at about 8:45pm which makes it almost a 22 hour day for the team. Everyone is here and doing great in Millennium camp and I am happy to say that the entire team was able to summit today, standing on the roof of Africa and make it on down here to camp. We just enjoyed a nice Swahili Dinner and we are headed to bed and trying to catch up on, what was for most people no sleep last night. Tomorrow we are going to make our way down to the Mweka Gate and then back to Arusha where we will have a celebration dinner. Folks will then begin getting ready for their safari trip or onward travel home. So we will try to get one more cybercast out for the team from Arusha, everyone sends their best home. Big day, congratulations to Team III.

Team III: 1/18/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is Monday the 18th just before 5:00pm here on Kilimanjaro Tanzania and we are here at high camp getting prepared for our summit climb tonight. Everyone is doing great, we had a fantastic day of weather sunshine and warm tempts today, probably the single warmest and nicest day of the season thus far and we are just about to get together for dinner and have a few hours of rest before we leave for the summit at 12:00 tonight. We will definitely give a cybercast back here to you guys on Tuesday so you can hear the results but I think that everyone will do well tonight. Thats all for now stay tuned.

Team III: 1/17/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro Sunday the 17th of January at about 8:00pm. We are here in our fourth camp, Karanga and we just enjoyed a nice dinner of rice and curried chicken with some local vegetables and we are sort of winding down after a fairly relaxing day. Today we only had to walk about four hours, we got in by noon which left the team lots of time to rest and nap and play cards, hang out with the Tanzanian crew and basically enjoy ourselves and getting ready for our upward push. Tomorrow we will be moving up to high camp and we will be giving you a call from high camp Kosovo before we head to the summit tomorrow night. The weather was again today, quite nice, lots of sun and we are hoping that is going to continue for a couple more days. So everyone sends their best back home, stay tuned for more.

Team III: 1/16/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric here on Kilimanjaro, it is Saturday the 16th of January at about 8:15pm and we are here at camp III, Barranco camp and the great Barranco at about 12,900 ft. I am happy to say that everyone is doing great. We had a very nice walk today; sunny and warm weather for a good portion of the day, another day with out rain and everybody got in here feeling good which is a great sign. We have just enjoyed a very nice meal of shish kabobs, pasta, mashed potatoes and local spinach toped off by a cake from the chef extraordinaire. So we are all fat and ready to have a nice good sleep. Stay tuned for more.

Team III: 1/15/2010
Everyone it is Eric again here on Friday, the 15th of January 3:00pm giving you all a shout from Shira camp. We are here at 12,300 ft, everyone is doing great and we are about to have some popcorn and tea and enjoy some relaxation time this afternoon. Tomorrow is our big day, Barranco camp, it will take about 8 hours and we will give you a ring at some point in route tomorrow, thanks for following along.

Team III: 1/15/2010
Good morning everyone it is Eric calling from Kilimanjaro it is Friday the 5th of January at 8:15 in the morning. We are here at Machame camp, our first camp on Kili, just under 10,000 feet. Everyone is doing great, we had a nice day yesterday, about five hours of walking, no rain for a change and everyone is feeling good. We had nice dinner, a big long sleep and we are just getting started this morning with the sun shinning. The weather here is improving as the season progresses. We are looking at having a nice day today on our walk up to Shira camp, camp II at about 12,200 ft. We should be about four or four and half hours on the trail and we will give you a call from our next camp, thanks for following along. Everyone send love and hugs home to there friends and family, cheers.

Team III: 1/13/2010
Hi Everyone,

It is 5 pm on the 13th here in Arusha, and team number 3 has arrived safely with all their bags! Today we are going thru orientation and gear checks to make sure everyone is adequately prepared for the rigors of climbing Kilimanjaro. As I write this, the team is out on a town tour, seeing a few of the sites here in the center of Arusha. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at one of the many good eateries, and get a good nights rest in preparation for our first day on Kili tomorrow. The season is going great thus far, with all team members on trips 1&2 reaching the top. Things have been a little more wet than usual, and we are hoping this trip will dry out a bit.

Team #3 is:

David Brotemarkl, Ron Krueger, Angela Emerson, Julia Manning, Julia Taylor, George Geier, Kris Hess, John Vance, Lauren Fitz, Stacy Taylor, Doug Manners

We will be cybercasting from the mountain, so stay tuned as team number 3 works their way to the roof of Africa together. Thanks for following along.

Best

Eric Murphy

Team II: 1/12/2010
Hello everyone it is Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is Tuesday the 12th of January here in Arusha at about 6:45 in the morning. I am going to play a little bit of catch up for our cybercasts for team #2 due to some phone issues. We were all able to summit, not quite all as a team standing together but everyone made the top within 30 minutes or so of each other on Sunday the 10th. We were able to then descend down to our low camp at Mweka on the mountain for our last night where we experienced quite a rain storm, almost flooding in camp. We enjoyed a nice dinner and slept like babies. Yesterday we made our way back to Arusha after about a 3 hour walk down to the park gate and enjoyed a very nice group dinner at the African Tulip where we celebrated our summit. This morning the group is headed out for safari and tonight folks are coming in for the next trip, team #3. So I would like to give my hearty congratulations to everyone on the team and those following along, thanks for a wonderful trip and I look forward to seeing you all in the mountains again. Stay tuned for team #3.

Team II: 1/09/2010
Hey folks it is Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro, we are here at high camp Saturday the 9th at about 3:20pm and everyone is doing great. We are in preparation for the summit today, we are hoping for some good weather. We will give you guys a ring on the way down after a successful summit. Thanks for following along.

Team II: 1/09/2010
Good morning folks, it is Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is Saturday morning the 9th of January, just after 8:15 in the morning. We are just getting ready to roll out of our camp IV here at Karranga, 13,300 ft on up to high camp at just over 15,000 ft. Everyone doing great, we had a nice leisurely day yesterday, Friday the 8th about a 3 ˝ hour push and lots of time to relax in camp. Today we will be finishing our summit preparations and leaving for the top sometime around mid night plus or minus a little bit. So wish us well and we will definitely call in with a cybercast after the summit.

Team II: 1/07/2010
Hey friends its Eric Murphy calling in from Tanzania here on Kilimanjaro, the 7th of January, Thursday at about 8:00pm here on the mountain. We camp III today, Barranco camp here at 12,900 feet. We had a great day today, with some sun break and some better weather then we have had before today. About 8 of us were able to scramble up to the top of Lava Tower with some nice views of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro and some snow and ice. We are all now happily tucked into camp here at Barranco, we just had a great dinner of a local spinach dish, potatoes, pasta, chicken skewers and a very nice cake that was prepared for us. We are headed to bed, tomorrow will be an easier day to make up for todays 8 ˝ to 9 hours and get us ready for our summit bid. We will be calling you from camp IV tomorrow, Karanga after probably a 3 ˝ to 4 hour walk. Thats all for now.

Team II: 1/06/2010
Hey everyone it is team #2 calling in from Kilimanjaro. It is Wednesday the 6th of January, 2010 here at Shira camp, camp II, 12,300 ft on the Shira Plateau. We are all happily gathered here and getting prepared for dinner, which Im sure will be delicious. We had a nice walk today, about 4.5 hours, we got our daily dose of Kilimanjaro rain, not as much as yesterday and everyone is doing great. Hoping that the weather will continue to improve and that we will get more sun breaks tomorrow; we had a few nice ones today and some nice views of the mountain. Tomorrow is one of the favorite days, one of the longer days as well to Barranco camp at the great Barranco, that will be about 8 hours of walking for us; getting up to around 14,500-15,000 feet and then back down to 12,900. So we are going to get a good night sleep tonight and get charged up for tomorrow and see what the weather brings us. Keep following along and we will give you a call from Barranco.

Team II: 1/05/2010
Hey everyone it is Eric Murphy calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is Tuesday the 5th of January and this will be the first cybercast of Team II for the season. Most folks got in on the evening of the 3rd, yesterday the 4th we did our gear check and orientation and team dinner. Today we had our first day on the mountain. We are here at Machame camp at 10,000 ft about sea level and we hiked about five hours this afternoon and we are just getting comfortable here in camp, in our tents looking forward to a nice dinner and a little bit of sleep. The team consists of Sudhi, Thierry Dhers, Aiden Doherty, Susan Street, Javier and Kristen Goas, Chris Juhasz, Sam Manthei, DeDe Dubose, Jos Wissmann, Prasad Garimella, Janel Jorgensen, Coleen Lynch, Chuck Mooney, and Gordon Holen. Please follow along as we climb our way to the top, thats all for now.

Team I: 1/03/2010
Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Team 1 is back to Arusha, and some members are already in route back to home in the States.

We all had a phenomenal time on Safari in Tarangire, Ngoro Ngoro and Serengeti National Parks following our successful climb of Kilimanjaro. Highlights were of course New Years Eve celebrations at the Sopa Lodge, located at 7,700' on the rim of the Ngoro Ngoro crater, one of the largest volcanic caldera's on Earth. Also our balloon ride over the Serengeti, viewing the migration herds, and having the whole group together for almost 2 weeks.

My hearty congratulations and thanks to everyone for a fantastic time, and great attitudes!

Please follow along as we wind up for trip #2!

My Best

Eric Murphy

Team I: 12/28/2009
Hello friends, it's Monday, 6:30pm on the 28th of December. We are happily ensconced in our last camp on the mountain after a successful summit today. Everyone was able to summit and we are now here at Mweka Camp at about 9,800 feet, getting ready for some dinner and a really good night's sleep. Tomorrow we will be heading back to Arusha, after about a 4 hour walk back to the park gate from our camp here at Mweka. We look forward to a nice dinner in town tomorrow night, a little team celebration. Everyone is doing well and sends their best wishes home.

Team I: 12/27/2009
Hey folks its Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro, it is Sunday, the 27th of December in Tanzania, at about 4;30 in the afternoon. We are here at high camp for our climb day 5, Cosolo Camp. We've made it just over 15,000 feet above sea level. We arrived here this afternoon, around 1pm. Everyone is doing great and we are looking forward to finishing up the climb tonight and tomorrow. We currently have some snow on the ground, it's slightly snowing, which is a change, we don't usually have that here on Kili. Other than that, the weather has been pretty wet, consistently each day. But folks are in good spirits and in about 20 minutes we are going to have ourselves a nice pasta dinner and go to bed. We will give you all a call upon returning from the summit and on our descent down the mountain. Wish us well, the team sends their best home to friends and family.

Team I: 12/25/2009
Hi everyone its Eric calling in from Kilimanjaro. It is Friday, the 25th of December at about 8:15pm here in Tanzania. Team I has made its way to Camp III here, Great Baranco Camp, elevation about 12,900 feet. Everyone here is doing well, we had a nice day today, a little less rain today than the previous two days and actually we had a little snow for a 'white' Christmas. We just enjoyed a fine dinner and we are headed to bed to rest up for a shorter day tomorrow in preparation for working our way up to high camp and then the summit. Everyone is doing well, sends their best to family and friends back home for Christmas. Thanks for following along, cheers!

Team I: 12/24/2009
Hello everyone, we are here at Shira Camp, 13,400 feet on the Shira Plateau. It's day 2 of our trip and Nigel, Dave, Pat, Ben, Brian, Jeremey, Sheri, Peter, Jessie, Kelly. Dori and Eric would like to wish everyone back home a very very nice Christmas Eve for you folks coming up, it's Christmas Eve for us right now, we'll give you a ring tomorrow, Christmas Day.

We enjoyed a rather wet one today, coming up from Machame to Shira, shorter day about 5 hours, only a couple thousand in gain, but we had a lot of rain today, it's pretty wet and soggy here at Shira Camp. We are hoping things will dry up a bit for Christmas Day, looking forward to a nice day tomorrow, it's one of the more scenic and beautiful days on the trip, Shira to Barranco Camp, a longer day for us, the camp is at a very beautiful spot, and we will definitely give you guys a ring on Christmas from Barranco. Thanks for following along, ciao.

Team I: 12/23/09
Hey Friends it is Eric Murphy calling in from Kilimanjaro with our first official team cybercast of the season. The 23rd of December at 8pm and we are happily ensconced here at Machame camp at just under 10,000 ft. We enjoyed a nice big dinner, everyone is doing great. We are sorry that the Browns could not join us; we wish them a safe trip back to the States. We walked about 4,000 vertical feet today from the Machame Gate, starting at about 5,800 to about 9,800. There was a little bit of rain, about an hour or so, not to bad, looking beautiful. Tomorrow we are looking forward to moving up to Shira camp at approximately 12,300 ft, please follow along as we climb our way up the mountain, everyone sends love and hugs home to family and friends for the holidays.

Team I: 12/20/09
Kilimanjaro Season is Heating Up!

Greetings everyone! It is 6 pm Sunday evening the 20th here in Arusha, Tanzania. The weather is hot, with the typical afternoon shower or two.

Soon we will begin a busy season here on Kilimanjaro, with the 1st of 6 teams starting their climb on Wednesday 12/23. Climbers are rolling in today and tomorrow from various locals, worldwide.

I have been here in East Africa for a few weeks, and managed an ascent of Mt Kenya, before returning to Arusha to begin preparations for our Kilimanjaro program. I am looking forward to a great season with lots of new and returning climbers, families, and fun for all. Please follow our cybercasts as we ascend to the roof of Africa, together, in celebration.

All My Best Eric Murphy

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