Final Dispatch from the October 13 Kilimanjaro Team

Hello, everyone! Thank you for following our Mount Kilimanjaro dispatches.

This is Mountain Trip guide, Jacob Schmitz, checking in after an amazing trip to the highest point in Africa with new and old friends from around the world. It was great to be part of such an amazing team of climbers. Each member came to Africa with different levels of climbing skills and experiences, yet they supported each other in every way. We enjoyed amazing weather with a little bit of rain and a cloudy summit day that miraculously cleared as we summited, giving us an incredible sunrise over the African highlands.

Regardless of the conditions, you could always see team members smiling and laughing as they made their way up the mountain. We spent many afternoons in the dining tent playing cards or listening to Alan play the guitar.

I was very impressed by how everyone dug deep and tried their hardest on summit day! It was not an easy summit day as we had some of the strongest winds I have experienced on Kilimanjaro. But they did not let that slow them down, and now we’re all back safe and sound, which is the most important thing when you go into the mountains.

Congratulations, team! I look forward to climbing with all of you again.


Jacob Schmitz




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