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Climbing in Colorado Mountains and porters

Carrie and I are going climbing/hiking today in the Colorado mountains, but before we go climbing, I thought I would share a video with you.
It’s a video of porters on Kilimanjaro. Someone else took this video, but it gives me a chance to explain a little about our travel up Kilimanjaro.
There are 17 people climbing with our group. Our foucs, and our job, while we are there, is to reach the summit. Part of the expense of our trip is having porters while we are on the mountain.
As a result of having porters, we won’t need to worry about boiling our own water, carrying our tents/sleeping bags, cooking for ourselves, etc. because all of this will be taken care of by a group of porters and support staff, which, we’ve been told, numbers about 35, to support our group of 17.
I had intended to attempt some Swahili… but with 20 days left, I’m not sure that that will happen. I think I will still try though, because I would like to be able to converse with some our porters – in a minimal way, I realize – but people appreciate when you at least attempt to speak their language.
So, to give you an idea, here’s a group of porters, at the end of a Kilimanjaro climb.

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