This will begin the dispatches for the December 21 January 4 McCauley / Coz Family Adventures in East Africa . Bill and Tierney McCauley and Steve and Joey Coz left Florida for Africa on December 21. This group of intrepid adventurers will attempt to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route over the next week. Then Bill and Tierney will come quickly off the mountain and head back home via Nairobi while Steve and Joey will be met by the rest of the Coz family, Val, Katie and Emma, for a Berg Adventures Safari in wilds of Northern Tanzania. We look forward to posting reports from the teams as they come in to our office.
This morning, Christmas Eve, Angel, from the BAI office called us to say that Nicholaus and the team had gotten safely out to the mountain and begun their climb from the Machame Gate. Angel, Anna and the rest of the Berg Adventures Tanzania team will be working to relay photos as well as news from the team as their climb of Kili progresses over this next week.
We will begin from this message from Bill sent as they left Arusha on the morning of the 24th to begin their climb:
We are off to meet Nicholas at the Machame Trailhead. Yesterday, we drove down from Nairobi and passed Zebras, Gazelles, Ostrich and other native animals. Wow, this is definitely NOT Lion Country Safari! As we came across the border into Tanzania , we caught our first glimpse of the shoulders of Kili; the top was covered in clouds and will have to wait another day to see our goal. All along the road to Arusha we saw Masai men, dressed in brilliant red robes, blowing in the wind. Each had 5-foot long stick in his hand to prod his cattle and some were accompanied by women with blue robes. The temperature is dropping and we are anxious to get our packs on and head on up. Stay tuned...