About the Campaign
It’s official……yes, I am crazy….I am officially committed to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in June this year. And I need some motivation from you to help get me to the top (19,318 feet above sea level!) The last 10,000 feet will be hardest…..so you can spur me on to that last 10,000 feet by sponsoring a share in the climb…….at $1 per foot. Plus my friends at Thrivent will match your gift….for every $2 sponsored, there is a $1 match, i.e., a $100 sponsorship get a $50 match from Thrivent. So, if we can get to $10,000 in sponsorships, Thrivent’s match will build a W2T 10th Anniversary Commemorative Well in Tanzania! A gift of any size will add altitude and improve my attitude about this challenge! Your sponsorship will go to support W2T’s operations to build wells and change lives in East Africa with clean, sustainable water.
The picture above is one of my training hikes in Lost Maples Nature Area in west Texas. In the last 45 days, I have walked/hiked about 150 miles and have another 45 days to go, so I hope to break 300 training miles. Your sponsorship will motivate me to keep it up, and to not shave off my beard until after I reach the peak!
Susanne Wilson, W2T’s Executive Director and fearless leader, organized this craziness. She, along with 6 others, will join me on June 21 to start the ascent to the top. Standing 19,318 feet above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest, free-standing mountain in the world. Our Kilimanjaro climb will follow the gradual ascent, Lemosho Route, considered one of the most scenic trails and also offering a full-moon summit. The expedition involves a 35-mile climb with 14,000 feet of elevation. This route offers amazing and diverse rainforest, desert, volcanic and ice rock scenery, as well as an array of wildlife. The group will be led by two expert guides from Climb Kili, a climbing company whose primary focus is safety, ethics, and environmental concern. Climb Kili has worked with numerous charitable groups, including Wounded Warriors and Make a Wish. Climb Kili offers a FAQ sheet at http://www.climbkili.com/faqs/.
Every sponsor’s name will join me at the peak in my backpack. Don’t miss the trip!
Way to go!
Dick: Sending prayers your way for a successful Mt. Kili climb!
Blessings to you on your big trip, Dick.
Dick, We admire all that you do to bring resources to people and communities in Ethiopia, and we are inspired by your journey to Kilimanjaro! Thank you for your servant's heart for leadership and change. We'll be praying you and your fellow climbers as you ascend and return safely! All our best, Laura and James
After walking 18 holes at Austin CC in 97 degree temps, this mountain doesn't stand a chance. I know you can do this. Best of luck and health to the top.
Good luck, Dick!
Go Dick. Climb high. Love the beard.
Best wishes Dick on a successful climb!
Hi, Dick: I know you will make it to the peak. Hope to see you again at River place trail. Angela
Good luck Dick! I admire your commitment!
Best of luck Dick...Russ and Carol Miller
The last 250 feet! You will make the summit.
You can do it!
With grateful appreciation and love.
We appreciate you Dick!
The first 250 feet.....gotta start somewhere.....keep climbing!