Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 20 January, 2011

Day 10 – Two Down One Left To Bag

Mount Meru's rocky ridgelines

The morning is crisp and clear, the weather your pray for if heading to any summit, anywhere. The wind seemed calm, at least at base camp.

A text came through from Holly at 6:58am, exclaiming the three words we have all been waiting to hear…

“Everyone made it.”

Looking up at Meru, I could imagine the team all hugging, cheering – and probably some just ready to turn and head back down – standing atop Tanzania’s second highest peak. It is a rocky summit, not much room to navigate around, but always plenty to snap a few photos and watch the sunrise. And that’s just what they did…

LIVE photo of sunrise from the summit

LIVE photo of team on summit - Socialist's Peak

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  1. Congrats on bagging #2! You will soon complete your perfect prep, and be recovered and acclimated, for the big one.

    Granted, Einstein was brilliant, but how did he know all about exactly what you are doing……right now?

    “Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up.” Albert Einstein

  2. Wow!!!! How amazing !!!! Words fail us !!! The photos must be spectacular !!! What a way to start the day !! Mt Meru didn’t look too bad from a distance but the rocky ridgeline makes it look scary and uninviting !!!! Well done Tara and team !! Hope you are all o k and keeping well . Look forward to hearing more on your return . If you can do this , you can achieve anything !! Take care love mum and dad xxxx

  3. You made it!!!!!! Pom, polopopopopom,! Pom, polopopopopom!! (célèbre air des White Stripes si tu ne l’as pas reconnu 🙂 ) Félicitations à toutes et tous et Kili Kili, prends garde car les voilà!
    Tout va bien ici, des bisous.

  4. Fantastic! How wonderful for you Loradora and your team mates. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Mt Kilimanjaro, here comes the team of 2011. Love you heaps, mum and dad.

  5. Congratulations!! You made it – hurrah! Well done all. x

  6. Bravo à toutes et tous et haut les coeurs pour le Kili
    Chapeau bas !!!!!
    Charlotte je suis très très heureuse pour toi
    Plein bises

  7. In a word: AWESOME!!! So proud and happy for you. Was thinking about the zipline…………. Glad you have good teammates to share the experience with! Love you, love you, love you!

  8. Yipppeeeee, congrats to all! Chris, you awe and inspire us every day! One more to go ~ maybe then Mom can breathe a huge sigh of relief 🙂 Love ya tons, kids send kisses and hugs

  9. Congratulations Kaitlyn and friends!!!!!!! Wonderful news to wake up to. Safe journey on the way down. Then rest your bodies for Kili. XXOOMOM

  10. Congrats on accomplishing your second goal! Hope you are all holding up wellnand are ready for your final acsend to the heavens!

  11. You are all amazing and wonderful! I hope you know how inspirational you are and continue to be. Love and huge hugs to you and most especially my darling sister, Lynne.

  12. Congrats Team 2011 on summiting your second peak, Mt. Meru. One left! Enjoy this time and know that Kilimanjaro will be an amazing experience. So keep practicing yoga, telling stories and sending live pictures! We all love and support you! You all look wonderful in your purple 3 Peaks / iB-lieve t-shirts at the School of St. Jude. Thank you all for sharing so kindly your experiences, pictures and thoughts on the blog, we love taking a vicious voyage with you!

  13. Val, congratulations to you and all your companions on climbing your second peak. Keep those photos and notes coming. The views must have been amazing! We hope you get some well-deserved rest before the final big climb. How was the view of Kilimanjaro?

  14. Congratulations ladies!! We are so proud of you!

  15. Congratualtions Sarah!! Hope you’re using that camera…I know how you are about taking pictures!
    Love and Miss You-Kiki

  16. Bravo! to my amazing friend Lynne, and her awesome teammates. I can only imagine all the emotions you are experiencing on this incredible journey. The life lessons and memories will become a permanent part of you and you will be changed forever! Best wishes for Peak #3! They saved the best for last!

    Climb on and shine on….

  17. Way to go, ladies! I love you, Sis. Keep the faith!

  18. yea Kelly and all!! So proud of you all! Great job, can’t wait to hear more details of this one, hope you all are getting rest to you all….Becky

  19. WOOHOO!!!!! I can just hear you as you touched the sky at the top of Meru. You did it! And by now you know there is NOTHING in this world that you cannot accomplish when armed with determination, a clear goal and a team of loving supporters. You amaze me.

  20. Three cheers with God’s blessing and love to all of you beautiful ladies. Your great determination has helped us see another part of this great world. Congratulations on #2. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventure each day.

  21. its all so surreal. congrats to are an inspiration to all of us watching they say the best is yet to come so be careful ,be safe and take care of each other..chris i can barely see you in any of the pictures …are you ok? love and prayers to you and the very brave and giving team

  22. Amazing. Inspirational. Empowering… I’m smiling ear-to-ear, you all are doing it! I love you, mom xoxo

  23. Wow! 2 peaks under your belt! I’m in awe of all of you! Beautiful pictures!

  24. Way to go Team 2011!! A special hug and congrats to Val! Get some rest after you celebrate!!

  25. Way to go team!! You are all brilliant!

  26. Well done peakers, you are doing brilliantly! Here at Rhino HQ, we’re all glued to your progress every morning on the blog. So please everyone has made it – but then by the sound of it, you have all the inspiration you need from the Laikipia Wildlife Forum and St Jude’s to get you to the top. I am absolutely confident that you will be similarly impressed with SIC and you will STORM Kili. But enjoy your day off first. Much love, Cathy and the rhinos

  27. Bonjour from Saint-Etienne, Charlotte! Everyone at the ESC Saint-Etienne is keeping very close tabs on you! We read the blogs everyday and watch in amazement what you women are doing! We’re all sooo proud of you! Keep up the good work, you’re really touching a lot of lives!!! Bonne chance!!!


    PS More pics with the French flag 😉

  28. felicitation pour le 2° sommet. c’est super. plein de courage pour la fin. christine

  29. Kaczor, Truly awesome dude! Keep on keepin on girl! So proud, love you so!


  30. Congrats Holly! We are so happy for you and the rest of the team and proud of you. Missy and I and Missy Jr. can’t wait to see you back in Aspen soon. Safe travels home!


  31. Congratulations! You all are doing great! You are all an inspiration in so many ways, thank you. I love you Aunt Lynne.

  32. Congrats. Happy to hear everyone is safe and doing well. Go Holly Go! We are all cheering you on from Aspen.

  33. Way to go team!! Rest up for the next big one. Kaitlyn, know we are with you all the way!
    Love, Darlene

  34. Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This week’s quote again goes out to the 2011 3 Peaks 3 Weeks team which summited their second Peak, Mt. Meru as a strong team! This past Monday was a holiday in the USA in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights activist. We can make the world better even if it’s not easy and popular. Keep doing what you are doing, and people start to take notice and ask how to get involved. Your actions inspire others. Can’t wait to read that you have summited Kilimanjaro soon! Enjoy the trek and don’t forget to eat your vegetables!

    Sarah Winters Papsun
    3 Peaks 3 Weeks, 2010 Alumni and IB-lieve Ambassador

  35. Dear Aunt Lynne,
    I read and reread this blog daily and words escape me. I am so proud and feel so moved by all that you do every day. I hope you can feel love from all the way across the world, because we are sending it! I love you so much!

    Dear Team 2011,
    I know you have the strength to climb to new heights physically and mentally! I wish you all the best! You are all truly inspirations.

  36. Good quote from Jim Wickwire that seems to apply particularly well to 3P3W 2011…..
    “I’ve climbed with some of the best climbers in the world. More importantly, to me, they are some of the best people in the world. That’s another reason why I climb.”

  37. Sarah & team, amazing that you’ve got2 down!! So proud of you kaz!! Love ya girl!

  38. Hope all is well. You all must be busy,preparing for the final climb.Have not had updates since the 20th.It certainly has been a great accomplishment this far.You all should be proud and gratefull fo the opportunity
    love ya,nana

  39. “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” ~Albert Schweitzer

    Today I read your blog and congratulate you on your second peak. This quote is in reference to animal rights – the purpose behind your fund raising efforts this year. I applaud your efforts and results. Keep your eyes on the sky!

  40. Sarah, it seems like yesterday that the golf tournament and other fund raisers were stressing you out. Remember the tears and self doubt? Well now the tears you shed every time you visit a site that you’ve worked so hard to support, or summit a mountain you’ve worked so hard to reach, are tears of joy and self realization. This will be most evident when you stand atop Mt Kilo and see the heavens and earth as only a few have. Enjoy the moment :). You more than deserve it for all of your hard work. And please say a prayer of thanks for all that we’ve been given and for those who are less fortunate, so they may some day stand atop their own Mt Kilo and smile and give thanks. And please don’t forget to give babci our eternal love. I know she smiles to see her granddaughter reach one goal after another!! Love you, Pops

  41. Holly! New earrings? Looks like you all are having a great time and for good worth. I never realzied that you were going to be hiking such ragged peaks. Great stuff…I think I am going to get Zoo a giraffe. Keep on keepin’ on. Ez

  42. Well done girls!! Meru is probably the hardest (in my mind) so good luck with Kili and hope you really enjoy your last mountain. xNiamh


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