As most of us were celebrating Canada Day, our Kili Conquerers started their ascension towards the summit...not without having surpassed their fundraising goal of $200,000!
On Day 1, the team entered Kilimanjaro National Park and trekked along a little used track through the montane forest. In places, the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. They reached their first camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).
Today, on Day 2, the climbers started the ascension towards the heath and moorland zone and crossed into the Shira Caldera, the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones. By the end of the day, at 11,500 ft., they got rewarded with their first close views of Kibo, the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Remember to visit our Kili page to post your inspirational messages to climbers throughout their journey. You will get a chance to win a Kili t-shirt and a CODE toque (as proudly worn by Dr. Daar in this picture).