Today is the day Team Project Elevation is scheduled to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro at Uhuru Peak, 19,341ft above sea level. The itinerary calls for a 13-14hr day, far longer than any other day of the trek (though, thankfully, a good chunk of this will be downhill), and by now, everyone looks and smells like you might imagine after a week of physical exertion with no showers. But all of our hard work is about to pay off.
Without cell service, we can’t tell you exactly what it’s like standing on the “roof of Africa” or how delirious we are at this point in the journey, but we promise to update you as soon we reach base camp in Moshi – or whenever service kicks back in! (This post was written in advance, if you couldn’t tell.)
Celebrate with us. We invite you to donate to Project Elevation in honor of this extraordinarily special day. Your support carries us every step of the way!
Although we’re halfway through our trek, the hardest parts are still to come. We’ve ascended to approximately 13,000ft already, but the air gets increasingly thin and each step becomes heavier the higher we go. We’re sleeping in tents, peeing in bottles at night, and doing our best to stay hydrated and eat enough calories. This might all be harder if we didn’t have each other’s incredible bravery, humor, and spirit, and of course the intense good vibes coming at us from friends and family around the world. We hope to summit on Thursday at sunrise!
Happy Solstice, everyone! Our team is celebrating the first day of summer by beginning the ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a brief couple of days in Moshi, we’re about to get up close and personal with the mountain we’ve spent so many months dreaming about. We don’t know what sort of cell service we’ll have along the way, but suffice it to say, the scenery is probably going to be as breathtaking as the altitude and the adventure as wild as we are. We’ll collect photos and stories along the way and share them with you as soon as we can – which may be as we go or may be on our return to Moshi. Keep your eyes on this spot and on our Facebook page for updates. Huge thanks to all of you who believe in us and who have helped us get this far!
The team is on the move! Betina, Michelle, Jas, and Laura are preparing to leave South Africa, where they’ve been road tripping, training, playing, and relaxing for over a week. Jackie and Natalie both catch flights out of the U.S. tonight, passing through Turkey and The Netherlands respectively. The team will convene – for the first time as a whole – at the airport in Moshi, Tanzania, in the wee hours on Wednesday. In town, they’ll have a few dozen precious hours to acclimate, hydrate, and prepare for the climb which begins Friday. Check back here and on our Facebook page for updates. Project Elevation is about to get REAL!