We are so proud of challenged athletes, Erica and Tara, and their crew from the C.H.E.K Institute! As promised, we have some photos to share with you from their inspiring trek. Derek, the team coordinator, adds a final reflection: “A couple quick thoughts on what we just did. First and foremost which sticks out in many of our minds is something that will never be able to be taken away from Erica or even us, the first female paraplegic on the summit of Kilimanjaro. I have written it many times or said it but the faces of those coming down, absolutely defeated in exhaustion, seeing us going up, was absolutely priceless. Most people just stopped and starred and were like “how in the hell or why in the hell are you doing that”. Well the truth is, why not. Erica was great and never got mad or down, and neither did Tara for that matter. Both girls gritted their teeth, and kept climbing. But both of those girls were going to make that summit. And they did. It was freezing, high and just absolutely exhausting, but they did it.”
Check out some photos from the inspiring trek!
We just received word that ALL of the C.H.E.K Institute climbers made it to the summit! We can hardly contain ourselves and send a big congrats to the climbing team. We will post photos as soon as the signal from the mountain allows; you’ll definitely want to see the images of this very inspiring and successful climb!
Photo Credit: Phil Chester
Today is the second day of the climb for the C.H.E.K Institute trekkers. They are headed out of the rain forest and up to 12,000′ where the landscape will change dramatically; they’ll trek through tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock to their next camp. The weather on Kili is cooperating (they expect a very warm day today) and they report that they are working hard but doing great. Derek, one of the trip coordinators said, “It is truly amazing to see the look in the eyes of those coming down and seeing what we are attempting. This is truly special. Thank you for your support.”
Our Kilimanjaro operations have been busy these past few months! Our latest endeavor involves a partnership with the C.H.E.K Institute to lead two challenged athletes, Erica Davis and Tara Butcher, to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. If Erica makes it, she will be the first female paraplegic to reach the summit. Both of the girls’ stories are inspiring; their efforts and proceeds will benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. We’ll keep you updated on their climb, which begins next week.
Thomson Safaris was proud to be the official outfitter of the trekking group, Summit on the Summit. We successfully lead activists and celebrities such as Kenna, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Alexandra Cousteau, amongst others, to Kilimanjaro’s summit to raise awareness and funds for clean water initiatives in developing countries, including Tanzania. Donations from their efforts go to providing clean drinking water through The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and Water For People’s Playpump Technology.
Katie, our Kilimanjaro coordinator, trekked along with this group. We’re happy to report that she made it to the summit too!