Posted by: Laura Hartstone | 27 January, 2011

Day 17 – Wall Climbing

2007 team on Kili

 

The team is pushing forth and all very strong! They left Barranco Camp this morning to head to Karanga Camp. The trail is a steep one ascending up the infamous “Barranco Wall.” Those with a fear of heights might have struggled, but once you reach the top of the wall, you are likely above the clouds. If it’s clear the view is unmatchable.

The team will sleep at Karanga Camp 4240m – 13,900 ft. They have had glimpses of the summit for the previous few days and are nearing the finale!

2011 team

A year and half ago this team was chosen. They were chosen because they are passionate, driven…and no doubt, the most determined team 3 Peaks has ever had. They held a variety of fundraising events, from Holly cutting her locks to raise a dime to Tara organizing Amazing Races across Sydney. Lynne ran a marathon and Val raffled prizes away at a pub night in San Francisco. Their efforts were endless, and these are only a few examples.

Together as a team, they have raised over $91,000 USD!!! Well done ladies!!!

Many many thanks to our endless supporters, alum who helped out and gave them strength to keep pushing, parents, partners, friends and family. We cannot thank you enough.

After seeing the success of 3 Peaks over the past few years we have decided to climb higher and farther – we are launching the Peaks Foundation, a newly-registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that empowers women to make a positive social impact around the world through their participation in mountain-based adventure challenges in Africa, Asia, and South America.

We have also expanded to allow guys to create their own challenge….any takers?

If you are interested in supporting our new endeavor, we need it!

Or…if you are interested in one of our 2011 climbs (Tajikistan, Congo, Meru, Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Nepal, or India) – don’t hesitate to contact us. And lastly, if you want to be the first to join our 3 peaks 3 Weeks Himilaya or 3 Peaks 3 Weeks South America, let us know!

Climb on!

The entire Peaks Foundation team

info@peaksfoundation.org

http://www.peaksfoundation.org


Responses

  1. LAURA THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIGILANT UPDATES..WE SO APPRECIATE EVEN THE LITTLEST BIT OF NEWS. IT IS SO REASSURING TO KNOW OUR TEAM IS IN SUCH GOOD HANDS.YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE AMAZING AND WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL FOR YOU ALL. MANY KUDOS FROM NEW JERSEY…

  2. You are most welcome! It is my pleasure and I am inspired every day to keep pushing through piles of work, knowing our team is up on Kili pushing forward too. I must say,…I miss them!

  3. Laura, you have my abundant gratitude for keeping Team 2011’s loved ones apprised of their progress and well-being. It is of paramount importance to know that our super women are successful and well. Thank you for all that you have done to care for them. Best wishes and God’s love to you and all of our beautiful ladies.

  4. Laura, you make me feel as if I’ve actually done the climb – almost as good as being there! Better, actually – I’m warm and blister-free!
    So looking forward to seeing them all on Sunday for the big celebration! But, of course, before that is the excitement of the Summit!! Pass on my warmest, warmest (and I mean temperature!) hugs to them all, Kim

  5. Love all the updates and anxiously following your posts. You ladies are phenomenal – the photos and utube videos are wonderful. I can feel the spirit from here. Climb on – coming back to St Judes is the best end to an amazing adventure.
    Laura, your posts are the best:) The greater 3 peaks family is very lucky to have you supporting the efforts and communicating everything to the world!

  6. Wow, thanks for all the Laura Love!! Honestly I am honored to not only be sitting at base camp nice and warm…but mostly to have such an awesome team! I have been missing them all and looking forward to the celebration on Sunday. I have been busy planning a huge party for them -only the smallest way we can thank them and welcome them back to oxygenated altitude.

  7. Laura, as others have stated, your coverage of the daily events that our loved ones are engaged in has been, to say the least, spectacular. It warms my heart to read your descriptions of the events unfolding in my daughters life. As she works together with the other members of Team 2011 to acheive the honorable goals of summiting mountains and supporting the less fortunate, I can feel, through your words, the spirit that bonds them all together. Their galant efforts at fundraising, especially considering the current economic and social climate that pervades the world, will set a high bar for those who follow. Thanks again, from all of us who are watching from afar, for bringing us a good bit closer to daily lives of individuals who we love so much!!!!🙂. Sarah Kaczor’s Dad

  8. Thrilled to see that the whole team is so strong and doing well. You 2011 Peakers are setting some pretty good benchmarks for future years! Hope the views of Kibo are inspiring you onwards and upwards. WIll be thinking of you as you make the final push.
    Lots of love, from Cathy and the team at Save the Rhino

  9. Thank God for you and the updates Laura…you keep our mom a little calmer! sending strength and love to all

  10. Finale is coming… Can’t wait to read the next updates!! J’espère que tout le monde va bien pour cette dernière ligne droite!!
    Je penserai à vous dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, surtout à toi Sis’!! Good luck and lots of love.
    Ps: Mum m’a dit pour tes petits problèmes avec l’appareil photo, don’t worry, tu n’auras qu’à m’acheter un reflexe… LOL!!!! re-des bisous!!

  11. Kudos to your journals that have kept us a part of this amazing journal,Laura.Anxious to
    see and hear your experiences,Kaitlyn.Love to all
    Nan

  12. Thank you, Laura for another wonderful post. Yes, it is a good day to send “Laura Love”. As the saying goes “It can be lonely at the top”, I bet right now it is even lonelier at the bottom. It is obvious that you care about and work very hard at what you do. Please! do not, even a nano second, think that it is not appreciated. You have kept so many people from around the world connected, rooted, and as much as possible..a little calmer. Take a moment to feel all the hugs that are coming your way via kharma or cyber space. They will all be blocked, for a time, once the team is back to “home” base. I am pleased that you will be there to represent us all. Only wish that I could be there with you…will be in heart and spirit.

    2 questions: Are you one of the members climbing in the 2007 photo at top?
    Where are you staying now and can I look it up? (OK 3 questions)

    I would also like to thank Walter for his comment today. Very nice!
    Love to everyone who is sharing this both on the mountain or otherwise. XXOOMOM

  13. Woohoo – awesome. Go Girls!!!!!!! Tara we miss you so much xxxxxxxxxx

  14. Girls i can truly feel your elevation in my soul….love and light to each of you, you are all and inspiration. I pray for your constant safety and a smooth journey home. Kaczor, looking forward to seeing you soon, love ya dude:-) xoxo

  15. Another few days of great reading for those of us living vicariously! Climb ladies, climb! Stay safe, stay healthy and stay bigger than the mountain.

  16. Sarah,
    It’s 10:40pm ET on Thursday the 28th and I was hoping to hear how today went. You’ve got be close to the top. I hope you feel like you’re on top of the world because you practically are. Be strong Sista!
    Love you-Keek
    P.S. Alexa is really looking forward to her date night with you next Friday!! You better give Scott a heads up;-)

  17. Hey Holl and fellow climbers! It is so nice to read the posts, thanks for taking the time to keep us all updated! You all are doing great! So proud of you Holl! Be safe! Loves, Brandi

  18. WOW…….just WOW
    Blessings to you all!

  19. Dear Diane,

    Ask away! I was indeed one of the ones on the 2007 team and yes, in that photo at the top. Sort of makes me wish I was back up there with the team.

    I am at Ilboru Safari Lodge at the moment. (www.ilborusafarilodge.com)
    It’s a lovely place to stay!

    Laura

  20. ENJOT EVERY MINUTE GUYS! YOU HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY AND THIS JOURNEY WILL BE JUST THE BEGINNING OF REALISING WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE, TO THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED IN KENYA AND TANZANIA. SAFE SUMMITING AND DESCENDING!
    Boo xx

  21. Well done team 2011. Amazing stuff and so great to hear that all are doing so well. Loving the Blog!!! Loving it all and absolutely inspired by you all. Harvey

  22. Laura, I checked out Ilboru Lodge the other day. My kind of camping! Looks beautiful. How is the party planning shaping up?
    For those of you who may not have done so, check out the diaries on the 3peaks3weeks.org page. They are all wonderful but 2007 is my favorite. Well written, worth reading.

  23. Don’t keep us in suspense! How are the team doing? Wishing them lots and lots of love and luck from the rhino office

  24. Our daily prayers continue to be with the entire group for safety, success and forever relationships. Thank you for the continual updates of the team and the pictures of the beautiful faces that you are impacting by your commitment, training and perseverance! You inspire me more than words can say! ROCK ON! You are almost there! Give Lynne K. a big group hug from her very proud family! We love you Lynne!
    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
    “The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.”
    Michel de Montaigne


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