Emotional? Yes. Tears? Several. Fears? Lots. Anxiety? Everywhere. Kilimanjaro? Waiting.
At 8am the team was ready to go, boots strapped on, bags sorted, gear checked and on the bus. The ride towards Kilimanjaro offered glimpses of what was to come. At first only the base was visible, then Mawenzi (the peak off to the side) and once the bus had neared the base, the entire mountain was in view.
Stomachs rolled into knots. Legs were already shaking. And the team gathered at the gate to have their final pow-wow.
Kelly was unable to sleep last night but lied awake thinking of all the unique contributions each and every person on this team has brought to the group. She read them aloud to give everyone a quick boost and focus on their strengths.
Chris – Our Powerhouse (she will carry things in her pack for us)
Val – Our Endurance (we can follow her steps)
Laura – Our Melody (she will give us melody when it feels too quiet or drag)
Louise – Our Courage (she helps us overcome our fears)
Holly – Our Encouragement (she always supports those who feel down)
Charlotte – Our Perseverance (she has dealt with so many things and taught us how to carry on)
Tara – Our Humor (she is always good for a laugh)
Sarah – Our Emotion (she won’t let you cry by yourself, she’ll cry with you)
Kaitlyn – Our Hope (She is our youngest and our hope that all generations will keep caring and giving as she has)
Lynne – Our Inspiration (To know that at any age we can still make a difference in someone’s life)
And the team then told Kelly her strength…
Kelly – Our Compassion (Always thinking of how others feel)
With that, the team strapped their packs to the backs and hit the trail. The trek will take 6 nights and 7 days – so stay posted as they climb their final peak!
Posted by Laura Hartstone