2016: KILI IN THE DARK
Climbing to the roof of africa...in the dark
From November 6-8, 2016, Team See Possibilities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet.
Typically a 5-8 day climb, the team completed the trek in 2 ½ days, at night time. This feat was covered in The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal and more.
To raise awareness about blindness, we decided to climb Africa’s tallest mountain “in the dark.” While guiding Dan at night, we used headlamps and could see no more than 10 feet around us. This forced us to use our other senses and experience the mountain in an unusual way. The experience was surreal and perspective-giving.
Mount Kilimanjaro stands over 19,300 feet above sea level. At that altitude, the human body undergoes a great deal of duress, including headaches, nausea, exhaustion, extreme cold and difficulty getting enough oxygen. We suffered from all these symptoms but with help from one another, and our experienced guide from our sponsor Intrepid Travel, we were able to reach the summit in the shortest amount of time allowed by safety guidelines. We were rewarded at the top with a stunning sunrise and the glistening snows of the surrounding glaciers.
Our mission as a team is to support children who are blind all around the world. There are many ways to do this. In addition to visiting schools that educate children with vision impairment, we also sensitize sighted children and adults to the remarkable contributions all people with disabilities can make to society. We hosted three local events in Tanzania and Kenya.