I just wanted to say what a great experience we had climbing Kili with your team and going on the safari afterwards. We absolutely enjoyed everything and felt like our mission was very successful. Our disabled vets really felt like they accomplished a lot throughout our time in Africa. It was a demanding, exciting and unforgettable experience for them that was what they needed to complete their rehabilitation.
It was great to meet Nickson and the rest of the ClimbKili team. Emanuel and his team did an amazing job for us. Although, one of ours did not make the summit, it was not for the lack of effort. With his particular above the knee amputation, it was just too hard for him to continue on in the snow and rocks. He still feels like he accomplished a lot, which he did. Kisha probably would not have made it to the summit had it not been for the extra attention that assistant guide, Dallas, gave her. He really was able to keep her going and pushing towards the summit. As I feared the descent would also challenge us greatly and it did. Again Emanuel and his team was there to assist our vets with the lengthy descent. I don’t know how we would have gotten down the mountain without their assistance, it truly was a great team effort.
Our safari was so nice and relaxing after the big climb. We were so glad we had the three days to do that and the hotels we stayed at were first class.
Here is some info we wrote on our blog about the summit: http://kilimanjarowarriors.net/2014/02/18/the-story-of-the-summit-update-9/
And here is what we wrote about the safari: http://kilimanjarowarriors.net/2014/02/25/mission-complete-update-10/
Again, we cannot thank you and your staff enough for such a great journey. We will be sure you are mentioned in our documentary.
–Steve Connolly – US