Team Martin Summits Kilimanjaro!
We’re happy to report that the Martins successfully reached the Roof of Africa on December 29, 2009. After a painstaking climb up the Western Breach, made more difficult by the previous day’s snow storm, and a short rest in Kibo’s crater, the Martins climbed the remaining 800 feet to Uhuru Peak. Summiting in the afternoon allowed them to enjoy the 19,340 ft. peak to themselves. Case, Matt and Mandy, with their characteristic cheerfulness and competitiveness, pushed themselves to tag the summit sign first, followed by Lynn and John. After hugs of celebration, a round of pictures and serenading in Swahili from Mountain Madness’ Tanzanian guides, the group started their descent.
The Martins had followed the Shira Plateau Route, which allowed them to acclimatize at successively higher elevation campsites, including Moir Huts, Lava Tower and Arrow Glacier. After two days under overcast skies and snow showers, the sun broke out the afternoon before their big push to the crater rim. “The spectacular view of Lava Tower, the Shira Ridge and billowing cloud formations was surreal,” said Lynn. The sun lifted the spirits of the group before its 4:00 a.m. departure up the Western Breach.
Veteran guide, Lawrence, led the group. “Lawrence was the consummate mountain guide, botanist, historian, story teller, coach and card player,” said John. “His expertise, experience, humor and efforts contributed significantly to the success of our climb. We couldn’t have made it without him.”