21 of Eckerd's 24 team members reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

President Donald Eastman and his wife Christine met up with the team for the Serengeti portion of the trip prior to visiting another Winter Term group in Cape Town, South Africa

Team member Craig Altemose completed his world tour of the 7 continents, having visited the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and South America through Eckerd

More Eckerd College Winter Term 2006 Destinations



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Wednesday, January 11
Mt. Kilimanjaro / Horombo Hut

Today's destination was Horombo Hut at 12,340 feet. We took the path from Mandara Hut that passed by the Maundi Crater to enjoy the flowers and the scenery. It took a good 5-6 hours to cover the 10-mile journey where we captured our first views of the Kibo summit. The trail took us clear of the forests and out onto the moorland, passing beneath the rocky southern face of Mawenzi. Rainfall in this region was frequent. Accommodations at Horombo Hut were in wooden A-frame huts that slept 4 to 8.

Thursday, January 12
Mt. Kilimanjaro / Horombo Hut

Today was an extra day to acclimatize. We spent the day hiking up towards Zebra Rock by the upper trail to a view point at 14,000 feet (4 hours roundtrip). Bird life was abundant at Horombo. Most climbers began to feel the altitude at this level