After months of planning and a healthy dose of Divine Providence I made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was the point of this website and blog. I wanted to draw attention to the spiritual needs of my parishioners at Holy Rosary in Portland, Oregon, as well as the spiritual and financial needs of our Dominican Student Brothers in Formation. I did a ton of praying which I’ll cover in a separate post.
These days with lots of COVID-19 restrictions, just getting to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has its challenges. Finding the right company to lead us up the mountain with the maximum amount of acclimatization ensured the best changes of making it to the top, but even then that’s not a guarantee. Nature also provide some interesting challenges. January through March are the ”driest” months of the year but different weather patterns as of late are bringing much more rain to the area that previously recorded. Then, there’s the simple physical toll that high altitude demands on each climber. Altitude sickness can hit the most physically fit just as much as the average Joe. Even then, getting to high elevations doesn’t actually mean that one can stay there. That I was able to get to the rim, travel an hour to the high point, say a Mass with setup and breakdown is a major miracle in my book. Deo gratias!