Kilimanjaro 2002!

Dispatch #2 January 11th, 2002.  Machame Camp, Tanzania Hello folks this is Jim Williams and crew on Kilimanjaro, it's the 11th of January, 2002 and everybody is here, we had a nice day walking uphill.  We're at the Machame Camp, and I'm going to let everyone introduce themselves shortly, give a brief reason as to why they're here, and then we'll talk to you again tomorrow, I'll just hand the phone off and they can tell you who they are:

"Hi I'm Ron Pauldine from Maryland, and I think that I'm here because my wife told me I needed to be (much laughter).

"Hi, my name is Liz Pauldine, I'm from Baltimore Maryland and I came to Africa to experience the culture, to challenge myself in climbing a beautiful mountain, Kilimanjaro, and spend some quality time with my husband away from the daily grind (more laughter)

"Hi this is Jeff Dossett from Seattle, It's great to be underway today, I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Rainier in the summer and I wanted to take it up notch to a higher altitude, and so far so good, I'm enjoying it and it's great to meet a whole bunch of new people along the way.

"This is John Canning, also from Seattle.  My reasons for climbing the mountain are simply because it's there and it's always been a dream of mine.  It's one of those pinnacles that are always sticking in my mind as a place that one has to go to be complete.

"This is John Banes from Seattle, I've wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for years but I think my primary motivation is not turning into a couch potato.

"I'm Tom Spears from Omaha Nebraska, and thirteen years ago my wife and I came over on safari and we spent a couple of days at Amboselli Park, and during the morning one morning for ten minutes we could see the entire mountain, and I was just so inspired by it, I felt at the time that I wanted to come back someday and climb it so here I am.

"This is Eric Peterson from (unintelligible) I was looking for an adventure and to do something different, but the real reason I'm here is my beautiful wife was willing to take care of our wonderful kids and give me the opportunity.  (much more laughter)

"Hello this is Gene Bloch from Waterford, Virginia, turned 50 last month, and it must be a midlife crisis that was telling me to do something crazy, so here I am.

"Hi this is Michael Lanigan from Fremont California, I'm here at Kilimanjaro because a friend of mine convinced me that it was a good idea.  Hi to the family back home, hope all is well and I will see you in a week's time.

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