Viewing Post for: Kilimanjaro Climb 2012

Date: February 20, 2012
Location: Barfu Camp heading to Mweka

Sending this as a post summit post so not sure where we will camp yet, either Millenium 12,500 or Mweka, 10,500.

Summit climb. It was a windy cold start. Many were not feeling well. If you can feel any closer to heavens I donít know how. So many stars, climbing in silence. The africans singing gently in Swahili when you canít go farther. You go on. Endless night and the glow of the curve of the earth at sunrise. The glacier glowing next to you, some are wobbly, exhausted hugs, some tears, descending fast what took 7 hours to go 1.5 miles up down in 2 hours. Relief, stunned.

Those who made it to Uhuru peak, 19,340 Everyone except below.

Those who topped the summit ridge just a little before that at 18,900 Pete: Hoffmaan

Those who made it to 15,800: Mary Ann, Dara

Messages for this post

For: Lisa and all including the PPS folks

Congratulations! And thank you all for facilitating the communications via the web, blog, audios. It made us feel close behind you as you journeyed and connected us all to you all. Lisa, you make the mountains I need to climb seem so small. If you can do this....I can surely climb mine. Love you and can't wait to see you 'intact'....(in our world of picking out a puppy right now that means 'not neutered')! Seriously, thank you to all involved and CHEERS!

Tony & Michele - 2/21/2012



AUNT CECE - 2/21/2012

For: C-Lo and her Dad

Such great news! I am sure you are proud and sore and just taking it all in! Can't wait to see you :)

Jodie - 2/21/2012


Remember Lee when you were 15 and you wanted to go to Germany for 1 year as an exchange student. We said "Lisa,you can do anything you want to "What were we thinking?????" Your greatest gift to all who know you is the "mark" you leave on all our hearts because of the person you are. What can we say except If you wern't our daughter, we'd wish you were. love mom and dad

Mom and Dad - 2/21/2012

For: Deni


PJ and Victoria - 2/21/2012

For: Bob

Bravo to all for your great efforts. It sounds like such an amazing special experiences. Likewise, for Heide's and my experience but quite differently. We are all having a wonderful adventure. To the market yesterday with Malicky to buy food for the orphanage - huge bags of rice, beans, and maize. Taught a lass at school - mostly on sex education!!!!! Glad you made it Bob - otherwise I know you would try again!!! Sue

Sue - 2/21/2012

For: Lisa

So thrilled for you! And so proud to know you!

Bruce and Loren Penman - 2/21/2012

For: Chris DeG and Vicki O'B

You were the talk of the evening! Everyone is so glad you made it and so anxious to hear your stories. Enjoy the next part of your trip, take good care and we'll see you soon.

Peggy & Rich and the soup night gang - 2/21/2012

For: Vicky

HOORAY!!! It sounded like an incredibly beautiful night with the stars and the quiet singing. What an amazing thing to have done.

Ellen G - 2/21/2012

For: Lee Lee

My message got cut off----I'm making you meatballs and sauce!!!!

Lori - 2/20/2012

For: Lee Lee

Hey Lee, Bob & Phyllis were here tonight and wanted to know your whole story, so I told it to them. They couldn't believe it. You are such an inspiration. They can't wait for the four of us to get together to hear your stories & bitch about the Bills. I cannot tell you how much love there is for you. Family and friends are all reading and following your journey. Congrats. to all on the trip. Schatzi, Indie, Sambucca and I cannot wait to see you on Thursday. 143 143 143. I'm making you me

Lori - 2/20/2012

For: VT crew!

WOOOOHOOOO! Congrats to you all! So happy to hear that you are all safe and sound and hopefully getting some great sleep right now at a decent altitude!

Kelly - 2/20/2012

For: To? Vicki

Today was i visited my cousins.They all wanted to know where you were and were excited about your climb. They send you there best.You are the best missing you. Good journies. Love Rod

From?Rod - 2/20/2012


I can't tell you all how impressed I am... what a wonderful thing you did, to raise money to fight cancer. I am so impressed that you took on this challange. You are all heros. THANK YOU

Bill Fisher (friend of Bob Ames) - 2/20/2012

For: Bob

Congratulations! We can't wait to hear your stories. Enjoy the rest of the trip!

The Maiers - 2/20/2012

For: gene

Type your message here.. team is playing well beat stcecelias and theundefeated holy savior team but lost. Yeastrday to st stans the guy who took your place is running out of steam. Best of luck with the rest of the journey see ya soon!-

TR - 2/20/2012

For: Fig (Lisa)

What an awesome feat! You have always been an amazing person and Never Say Die!... looking forward to sitting in the hot and hearing all the stories!

Mary Kay, Jeff and Kyle - 2/20/2012

For: Deirdre and all

You are all so inspiring! Congratulations on what must be an indescribable accomplishment. Be safe on the descent and take care of one another. Love from LA LA land, Maura

Maura - 2/20/2012

For: Christine and Peter

Thinking of you all day. Hope your getting a chance to relax. I'm so happy and proud of you. Cried tears of relief and joy on the way to Andrew's this morning. Brooke and I watched the Lion King since we can't be there for the Safari. Enjoy and take lots of pictures . Can't wait to give you big hugs. All my love

The Non - 2/20/2012

For: lisa Moretto

Everyboy is so proud of you!!!!!!! An experience nobody can take away from you but you can share with all of us and the world. Only you and those who have taken the hike know what you went through for this great achievement and I am ready to hear every moment of your adventure--again and again. I am sure your bucket has runeth over with a sense of unsurmountable joy of satifaction and of MISSON ACCOMPLISHED!!!! Love you dearly and axiously waiting for for you to come home!!!! Aunt CeCe

aunt CeCe - 2/20/2012

For: Bob, Deni, Diana, Vicky and Chris and ALL

Don't think our messages have gone thru... You guys are AWESOME! We are so proud of you. Can't wait to hear all of your stories...ADK Members Night?

Tom and Donna - 2/20/2012

For: Bob, Deni, Diana, Vicky and Chris and ALL

Don't think our messages have gone thru... You guys are AWESOME! We are so proud of you. Can't wait to hear all of your stories...ADK Members Night?

Tom and Donna - 2/20/2012

For: Dara

We can't even imagine accomplishing all that you have. We're so proud of you.

Dorothy & Mel - 2/20/2012

For: Vicki and Climbing Team

Bien Hecho Mom et all! What an incredible journey, adventure and success! Northern Arizona is beaming with pride today! Love Chris, Jenny, Gnocchi and Harper "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves" Sir Edmund Hillary

Jenny Harper and Chris - 2/20/2012

For: Chris, Raiel, Clay, Katie & Derek

Couldn't find my post from earlier today so just in case it didn't get to you - HORAAY - Congratulations. You all accomplished a great journey. We are so proud of you. Hope you all do well on the way down. Raiel - spoke to your mom today. I couldn't see her but I know she was beaming from ear to ear for all of you. Can't wait to give all of you a hug when you return. Love to all of you.

Mom (Stephanie) Dad, (Richie) - 2/20/2012

For: Marci

Congratulations, my friend! What an achievement! You and Rick must be so proud, excited and tired...

Deb Ilic - 2/20/2012

For: Squirt

Lisa and all Kili climbers - "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" - Albert Schweitzer Congratulations on your journey and accomplishment; thank you for sharing it with us and rekindling my sense of adventure. Judy

Monkey - 2/20/2012

For: Bob Ames

Wow - Congratulations, now you're working on your descent. You did it! I agree with Randy - haven't heard anything about him. I'm speculating he's at the head of the pack the way he has been preparing for this climb. Well, I'm off to see Raider it's February Break for me and my GYM OPENS TODAY! Court

Court the Sport - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa / Lee

Well done Lee, you've been on my mind all day today at work, wondering how things went for you. What an incredible experience to talk about in your dottage! (And before). Can't wait to hear all the stories. Love you loads. x 5:45pm England Time

The Second Half of the Fan Club - 2/20/2012

For: Mary ann)

The beauty of the special stars were shining over you spreading much stardust to keep you close

All your four legged loved ones - 2/20/2012

For: Mamma Diana

Wow you all made it. SO HAPPY AND PROUD WELL DONE DIANA!!!!! Can't wait to to see ya and get al the real feed back on this amazing trip of your's. We are really going to party on this BIG ONE!!!! See ya soon. YOU ARE THE BEST DIANA!!!!

Edith South Africa - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa

I have just sent the message from the summit out across our network. Yahoo! Can't wait for the details. People have been asking me how you can do it and we all await your story. Congratulations.

Rik - 2/20/2012

For: Deni

I sent a previous message and don't think it got through.Just wanted to say congratulations on a great achievement.Love and miss you. Roger

Roger - 2/20/2012

For: Dee

In the words of Deirdre The final push to the summit sounds amazing, crazy, and scary! Congrats to all, what an awesome journey you've been on. Can't wait to hear about your own personal experiences. You're so close to a comfy bed...and a shower! Momma Moore sends kisses. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Ash - 2/20/2012

For: All

Thank you for sharing your amazing adventure.

Edeen and mark - 2/20/2012

For: D & G

Sitting here w dad listening to the audio and reading about your height and celebrations. Congratulations forever, you guys are truly amazing. Who's going to play you in the movie? Think it over on your descent... We love you!!!!

Dad and Rosh - 2/20/2012

For: Clay, Raiel and chris

Wow!! The discribtion of the stars, the silence, and the Africans singing in Swahili while you pushed on ahead brings tears. You did it.

Mom and dad - 2/20/2012

For: Mary Ann

We are hoping you can feel the love, joy and pride we feel right now. You are truly amazing and you bring a special light to our family. We can hardly wait to be together, hear about your adventures,and see your pictures. Wow! We have read your special letter to us and you will never know what it meant to us. I will try leaving you a message on your phone and will write an e-mail in hopes you can receive them later. Love and Hugs from all of us. Congratulations!

Joy and all 2/20/12 - 2/20/2012

For: ALL you glorious and determined climbers

Mazel tov, each and every one of you! You are EACH an inspiration!! We are SO proud of you.

Bibi and Babu - 2/20/2012

For: Dee

I don't even know what to say, I'm so thrilled for you. The image of you reaching the summit, and the porters singing you to the top just brings tears to my eyes. We were at Deyells' last night for the Jan/Feb b-days, and everyone sent their good wishes and prayers (Shelly says I never told her about any of this, but I don't think that could possibly be true--I've been bragging about you to everyone!) Can't wait to talk to you when you're back! Love & Hugs.

Kathy and her boys - 2/20/2012

For: Gene

As you begin your descent, thought I would share some of the kid's silly things they do. Last night we watched "Soul Surfer." From the beginning of the movie Aiden and Taylor asked avery 2 min, "when is she going to get eaten by the shark?" Also, today Jordan was watching the Yankees Game 7 from last year on the DVR looking for you! I thought it was cute:) Miss you Jenny

Jenny - 2/20/2012


Congratultions again..this time for going above 15000 feet and being smart to listen to your body and not over pushing . i'm also sure it was one of your most difficult desisions. very proud of art

ART - 2/20/2012

For: GENE and ALL

Congratulations to all!! Loved the description, sounded exciting, cold, and wonderful! Gene, We love you and are proud of you:) Cant wait to hear all about it!!

the Derkacks - 2/20/2012

For: All climbers

CONGRATULATIONS! What an incredible journey for you all, and you are such an inspiration to us. Enjoy the rest of your trip - while you're on your way down, keep your spirits up and take in the beauty around you. Thank you again for your courage and commitment to make the climb and to demonstrate to our cancer patients and everyone that cancer will not win!

Gerianne Puskas - 2/20/2012

For: Nancy

Wow! That is so awesome.We knew you would make it! We have been following the climb and look forward to all the details soon.

Mark and Carole - 2/20/2012

For: Nancy, Paul and all Kili Climbers

Congratulations to the entire Kili'12 team. Nancy, did you remember to get a picture of the Forestville banner and Stinger on top of the mountain? Everyone now has memories for a life time. Looking forward to hearing the stories and seeing pictures.

Jim & Bonnie Kili'08, Everest Basecamp '10 - 2/20/2012

For: Katie

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Not only to you but to everyone. We are very proud of you. Can't wait to hear all about how standing on top of the world (almost) felt. We are all excited to hear about your journey & see pictures. Kate will make sure to have you butterscotch brownies upon your return.

HCM Fab 5 - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa

500 words is not enough for me to express how I feel about my sister Lisa. She faces adversity and challenge head on. She may show a little fear at first, but it is quickly eclipsed by the shadow that is cast by her determination and intrepid spirit. She leaves a wonderful example for everyone who knows her to follow. Lisa, thank you for that. I'm proud to be your little brother. Love you, Mark

Mark - 2/20/2012


HURRAY FOR YOU! HUGE CONGRATS!! Tom and I were so excited to hear the news and so happy for you. Love, Toni

Toni - 2/20/2012

For: Dara

you inspire me....God holds you close to his heart

gin - 2/20/2012

For: Deirdre and All

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! Fantastic! You are all hero's. Rest and recuperate and have fun the rest of the way down. Love to all.

Dad & Bonnie - 2/20/2012

For: Chris & Vicki

Congratulations to you ladies and your team members, and to the leaders for getting them up and down safely.

Bob B - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa

Woohoo - never a doubt about this accomplishment!! Savor the experience and the close companionship. By the way, Cooper took a jaunt yesterday and injured his paws and back leg - he was just trying to feel your pain and share in it. After all the stories you have listened to me tell over the years, I am looking forward to sitting back with a cold one and listening to yours. See you soon.

Cooper's Mom - 2/20/2012

For: Bob Ames

Woo hoo! Way to go everyone! I haven't heard anything about Bob. Is he still with you all, or did he go on ahead? ;-) I posted a message yesterday before the summit push, but it never showed up on the message page. Oh well. It's tough not to let the millions of stars distract you from the watching the trail ahead. Reminds me of Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Congratulations, Bob for making it to the top of Afric

Randy - 2/20/2012

For: To? Vicki

Type your message here...CONGRATULATIONS! What a great accomplishment for you and all.Although you had changeling weather and elements it sounds like you had beautiful views of the sky and the surrounding landscape with a beautiful sunrise. I am happy your down and hope got some rest. Rest and relax and enjoy the next part of your venture. Love Rod

From? Rod - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa

Congratulations Lisa...what a saga...can't wait to hear the stories. I'm really glad you don't play poker in my Thursday league...none of the rest of us would have a chance...once you put your mind to something...phew...!!!! Love K&B

K&B - 2/20/2012

For: To?Lisa

YOU MADE IT !!!!! we knew you would. Be safe.Now come home with all your stories and pictures . Can't wait. Your hot tub is also waiting to hug you. With lots of love ,joy,& pride Mom &Dad

From? Mom Dad - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa & ALL

Beautiful news! Through your eyes and the post, I think we can see the earth below! What beautiful, inspiring news we awake to today! We are so proud & inspired by you all, and the care from your guides to help you do this! Descend safely. Our prayers are with you all. Congratulations! Love, Tony & Michele

Tony & Michele - 2/20/2012

For: Bill

Well, looks like somebody else beat me to it. Congrats and keep that kilt out of the wind.

Kurt - 2/20/2012

For: all

Yeah!! Congrats to all!! What a wonderful amazing journey for all!! Lots of Zumba love your way!! Have safe travels down!!

Deb - 2/20/2012

For: Nancy

Hallelujah! You made it Nancy!! Wow! We are so proud of you. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Sharon and Bill - 2/20/2012

For: Dara

Know this is not the outcome you were hoping for but you climbed your biggest mountain in '95. For that we are eternally grateful. Get some rest and enjoy your safari - looking forward to pictures. Love you.

Us - 2/20/2012

For: Paul H

Congratulations to the tiger of the family. It was good to get the update. 3 1/2 more days. Can hardly wait to see you and hear about the adventures. Love you!

Jane - 2/20/2012

For: To JOI Warriors and Kili Climbers

Congrats to you all. You are truly an inspiration to me and to everyone that you will share this journey with. Shower and beer are not far away. Even though you are tired don't forget to look around and see the beauty as you go down, it is as beautiful as it was going up. Safe travels on the rest of your journey. Love and god bless.

KiliKaren 09 - 2/20/2012

For: Diana


Bob - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa (Lee)

I am so proud of you for stepping back in to your world of excitement. I've watched you peek in now & then from a safe corner. But all the while, you've wanted to jump into the middle of life's giant leaf pile. Well my dear, now you have and there's no reason to stop. I will help you rake that pile of leaves any time and you just jump in. There's a bike ride in California and a hang glider in North Carolina with your name on it. No more, "Do you think I can?" Now it's only "Wh

Lori - 2/20/2012

For: Lisa (Lee) and All

So happy to read how great you all did. You have all walked to heights higher than most people on the planet--the important word there being "walked". Each step on that mountain is an act of triumph in your life. Congratulations to you all from us low altitude dwellers! Quote" "Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills

Lori - 2/20/2012

For: Peter, Christine and All the Kili HIkers

Wonderful, thrilling news. Congratulations are in order to each and every one of you. Travel safely back down the mountain. Savor the images, hold them tight, and be prepared for the warmest of welcomes when you return.

Phil and Jane - 2/20/2012

For: Peter & Christine & All

Blazing Amazing! We knew you'd be good for those extra steps. Now you can be proud when someone says you are "over the hill", regardless of age. Bring those tired legs home. We've already signed you up for the Corning Tower CF Stair Climb on Mar8

XOXOC - 2/20/2012

For: To all the climbers

What a night I am sure, no matter how far you got you are all heros and extraordinary people. Walking miracles each and every one of you.

Ginny and 2010 gang - 2/20/2012

For: Dad (Peter), Christine, & All

Wow, what great news to start off the work week, we are all very proud of you! Congratulations everyone, its all downhill from here:)

Andrew, Beth, and Thomas - 2/20/2012

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