#2 January 11th, 2002. Machame Camp, Tanzania
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:
I'm Ron Pauldine from Maryland, and I think that I'm
here because my wife told me I needed to be (much
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.