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9/11 Remembered: Atop Kilimanjaro

9/11 Remembered: Atop Kilimanjaro

(On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the coming days we will re-run many of those stories to commemorate a day in the history of the United States and the world that will long be remembered.)

“9/11 Remembered: Atop Kilimanjaro” By Joan Steidinger

Climbing through the barren and rocky terrain, we spotted the pristine, ivory snow- capped glacier. At 18,000 feet, its vastness was breathtaking.  The sheath of ice rose thirty feet above our heads.

(Wikipedia Commons Photo)

The glacier was next to our camping area for the night. With muscles aching and deep slow breaths, each of the eight climbers slowly crawled into domed army-green tents.  They settled down to an afternoon siesta before dinner was served.

One climber, Terry, was celebrating his 60th birthday. An African porter had run down and back up the mountain to bring fresh fish and a birthday cake for the celebration.

The next morning was summit day on Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Tensions were running high and our hearts were pounding hard.  Little did we know what terrifying events were taking place thousands of miles from our remote locale.

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