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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004
     

    Image: Most of our team is in this image before the climb. Most of our team is in this image before the climb.
    Image: Standing on the summit of Kili with my father, holding the pennant for the Turkish Naval Command which ensured my safety against piracy. Standing on the summit of Kili with my father, holding the pennant for the Turkish Naval Command which ensured my safety against piracy.
    Image: Team Around-n-Over on the summit Team Around-n-Over on the summit

    Success on Kilimanjaro!
    Jun 19, 2011    3.3492S,36.6869E
    On Tuesday the 14th around 06:30 local time, our entire team reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa. We had team members of varying levels of experience and of age who benefited greatly from the wisdom of our trip leaders and from the porters provided by Mountain Madness and African Environments. Our collaboration with Mountain Madness and their oversight will continue to build classrooms at the Mateves Secondary School in Arusha. We will be fundraising for this cause throughout my stay in Africa. We need your help in spreading the word for this specific cause and we will apply donations directly to the same until my launch on the South Atlantic in mid-September.

    The Mateves Secondary School has grown from no classrooms to just ten since 2006, while its number of students has blossomed to 1,200. This number should increase to 1,600 with new enrollments. To improve the quality of education at this school for existing students and to accommodate additional students, more classrooms have to be built. By tripling the current number of classrooms, the student-teacher interaction will be improved. The goal is to have 50 students per classroom in this school.

    Each of our team members have visited the school; they now have a story to tell and will be actively fundraising for Mateves through the 2011 tax year. They have worked hard on Mt. Kilimanjaro, we had a wonderful time and their presence made that summit more meaningful for me. Having my wife Nancy there, then summiting just the day before our eighth wedding anniversary made this summit special...

    Each summit so far on my Six Summits Project has had a unique context to it. Denali was my dedication to Göran's memory carried out entirely in his style as he had done to Everest. Climbing Kosciuszko turned into a mega-approach to reach a location spiritual to the aboriginal people. The company of those dear to me and friendship are what stand out in my journals for Kilimanjaro.

    Memories from Kilimanjaro will warm my heart for the decades to come with the gratitude for the honor of having climbed it with my 78-year old father Cemal Eruç who earned the nickname "Babu" from the porters, meaning grandfather. Just like I cherish the distant memories of my first climb with him on Mt. Erciyes (3986m) when I was only 11 years old, we will both hold dear our time together on Kili.

    Our sincere thanks go to the porters and the trip leaders who made it possible for all of our team members to reach the summit.

    Erden.

    NOTE: Stage 3 summarizes my effort from Mt Kosciuszko to Mt. Kilimanjaro. I have also updated the Google Earth track until Arusha.
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    Landfall story...    May 5, 2011
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