Kilimanjaro Climb for Education
BHAG...This is an acronym that some of you may recognize. It stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. It is a term used in the business world to describe a goal to achieve as that is so Big and Audacious that it will take a heroic effort to achieve and the result will be a significant event for the company.
Well, that same idea applies to your personal life. What is your BHAG? Do you even have one? Have you set out a goal for yourself that stretches your imagination and seems unattainable? Let me offer you an opportunity to reach a height you never dreamed possible - to stand atop the Roof of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.
With the summit at 19,341 feet above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the continent of Africa, is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the Magnificent Seven. Truly, conquering such a mountain is something that would be the achievement of a lifetime for most of us. For some it is the physical challenge, for others it is testing the strength of your will, and still others it is the thrill of the adventure of a lifetime. Whatever the reason, you have the opportunity to climb the mountain to help children in Uganda climb their own mountain - to achieve a quality education.
The CauseIn partnership with Africa Renewal Ministries, we are putting a team together to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds to provide computer labs in schools, make educational materials available and enhance the capabilities of the educators. For more information on the ARM ICT in Education Project, click HERE.
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The ClimbTusker Trail is one of the most highly rated trekking and guide companies to lead groups up Mt. Kilimanjaro and down again. With the overall success rate of actually summiting this monster at around 40% of all climbers, Tusker has an impressive 95% success rate. This is through having quality guides, excellent equipment and top notch planning. The climb we will be taking is the Lemosho Route and is an 11-day/10-night trek to the Roof of Africa.
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Of course you want to know the cost. I can give you some rough estimates:
Airfare: $1700 - $2400
Tusker Trek: $4,980
Tips (Guides, porters, etc): $250 - $500 each
All trip members are automatically signed up for Air Evacuation Coverage with RIPCORD, Tusker’s air Air Evacuation company. Tusker has negotiated very reasonable coverage premiums. The premiums varies according to the length of coverage you require for your entire trip $90-$180.
You will be expected to provide your own gear. Tusker does offer rentals for sleeping bags, down coats and other specialized gear you may need just for this trip that can get expensive to purchase.
All team members will be expected to pay your own trek & travel costs. Fundraising money will be dedicated specifically for the Education Project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Of course you have questions. To get you started, here is a link on Tusker's web site that can address some of the most commonly asked questions related to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Other Helpful Information
REI Kilimanjaro Gear Guide
Example Fitness Training Program
Ultimate Kilimanjaro Preparation Page
10 Biggest Kilimanjaro Blunders