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TAPS Expedition Summits!

Hello Everyone,

A very quick note to let you know that the Team summited earlier this morning! We are all well and still continuing to descend so we will write more later when we can.

Carole & Vern

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TAPS Kili Expedition Climbs to High Camp

Friends, Family & Loved Ones,

Greetings from High Camp at just under 16,000 feet. Everyone did a great job in getting up here and although we feel the altitude a bit, we are doing very well and in great spirits. At this point, everyone has a good handle on the climbing techniques that we will need to put us on top.

Our plan is to leave camp at midnight to start our summit bid. We are hoping that the weather will hold– It’s sunny now and fairly warm and we have pretty good visibility of the route ahead. We are busy packing our gear now for the final push to the top of Africa.

Stay tuned!

Vern &. Carole

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Willie Benegas and Team reach summit

Summit View

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TAPS Kili Expedition at Karanga Camp

Greetings from Karanga Camp,

Today was a shorter climbing day but it was action packed. This morning, we climbed the Barranco Wall, which is a 1,500 foot rock scramble. The team did really well on the rock — and had fun doing it! Regina in particular showed us some impressive Cirque de Soleil moves. We arrived at camp in time for a late lunch prepared by our amazing chef Raymond and spent the rest of the afternoon napping, taking photos and hanging out. We just saw a beautiful sunset and are getting ready for dinner.

Tomorrow, it’s on to Kosovo Camp.

Ciao for now,

Vern & Carole

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Aug 23 Kilimanjaro team on the way to Summit

Good morning everyone
This morning we wake up under wonderful sunshine, and after a great breakfast we departed to Kosovo Camp on our way to our summit attempt at the Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro
Willie and the team

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TAPS Kili Expedition Reaches Barranco Camp

Hello Everyone,

We had another great day today and are reporting in from Barranco Camp at close to 13,000 feet. We climbed up to the Lava Tower, in and out of the clouds, where we took a break and did some yoga.

Then we descended to the beautiful Barranco Valley, walking on a trail beside some huge giant Groundsel plants.

We arrived in camp tired but in good health and great spirits. Thanks for following– we will report back tomorrow.

Vern & Carole

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