Formed 460,000 years ago, Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits of the world located 205 miles from the Equator.
Beginning Friday, February 21st, Rose will travel to Tanzania to climb to the Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet. Kilimanjaro boasts diverse terrain and weather conditions spanning five ecozones from bushland and rainforest, to dry, desert conditions and icy snow.
Following the Machame Trail, Rose’s trek over seven days takes her across this huge volcano that was once three volcanic cones. Now base camps, the Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo are only a part of the Kilimanjaro climb.
The adventure is also an opportunity to fund an identified need as part of our WS Cares mission. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a unique call to readers, adventurers, and those inspired by great stories of challenge and emotion. One of these stories is about a young seven-year-old named Ava who suffers from Rett Syndrome.
Ava, her sister Clara and her parents Jennifer and Herman, work together with a community of family and friends to help free Ava from a condition that prevents her from speaking, controlling the use of her limbs, or communicating in the usual ways we do.
This rare, non-inherited genetic disorder is a neurological disorder. For Ava, it’s like having cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, autism, anxiety disorder, severe apraxia, scoliosis and epilepsy at all once. Thankfully, Ava has learned to use a Tobii eye-gazing machine to communicate with others.
What Ava does every day is far braver than climbing Kilimanjaro or overcoming the risks of high altitude sickness.
Ava is our WomanScape HERO and we hope by joining us on this 2020 journey, you’ll learn more about Retts, Ava, Kilimanjaro and the beauty of Africa. After the climb, we’ll continue the adventure with Rose’s 4-day safari through Serengeti National Park, posting daily photos and entertaining stories.
As you build happiness from the inside out in 2020, we hope you’ll agree:
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.” Maya Angelou