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Kilimanjaro Expedition Dispatch

March 1, 2008 – Big Brothers Big Sisters 2008 Team Arrives in Arusha

The team together at the Arusha hotel - after all these months of planning, training and dreaming

At 8:45 pm on March 1, the members of the Berg Adventures 2008 Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids were on the flight which arrived right on time. The team members representing the BBBS chapters are from Ontario and Alberta. We have been planning and dreaming about this trip and what we can do for the people back home. John Stewart and Nicholas had not seen each other since the Canadian ALS Society climb in 2004The statement we can make and the fun and adventure we can represent by Big Brothers Big Sisters climbing the highest mountain of Africa. We have been dreaming about this for months and we are finally under way.

The Alberta guys flew from Calgary to Minneapolis via Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro. The chapter who flew from Toronto to Amsterdam also experienced a very long flight. It turns out the KLM flight which arrived in Amsterdam from Toronto had quite a rough landing at Amsterdam airport do to high winds, and they had a very tight connection departing for Kilimanjaro International Airport. When they finally stepped off of the plane and came through customs at Kilimanjaro, we could see they were a weary looking crowd - but soon the awareness that they had finally arrived in Africa was dawning on them. Even though it was late at night, by the time they arrived in Arusha, you could see the excitement dawning on the teams faces.

John Stewart has been instrumental in putting this team together. John is returning to Kilimanjaro and our Berg Simon, Berg Adventures guide, with his new BBBS hatAdventures Kilimanjaro Program. He has been absent since February 2004, when he came with the Canadian ALS. That also was a great adventure. He was really happy to see Nicholas, Angel and the entire Berg Adventure Team that he had missed since he left Arusha four years ago.

The BBBS team members, John and I sat around anticipating the trip having Arusha burgers. The hamburgers were served to us at our hotel in Arusha. For the rest of the evening we just unwound and then went to bed.

Well call and report to you how our trip to begin our climb to start March 3. For no know that the team is doing well and happy to be together.