Plans are taking shape for the mother of all Craft Beer Team Expeditions to summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2015! My goal is to get 10 fellow craft beer evangelists on my team. These people must be committed and dedicated. I would like also like to make this a fundraiser for a Craft Beer charity. Kili is not a big technical climb – it is a trek with the most technical part being the summit day.
This will be a professionally managed climb using a professional and respected operator like the one found in the link below. The company must respect and properly compensate the native porters for their hard work and must also respect and protect the fragile ecosystem. There are several companies that I have researched. This is one possibility.
For budget purposes plan on about $3k for the actual expedition. We will research airfare deals for best options but use $1k for a budget number. It will be best to have a day or two there to get over jet lag before expedition begins. It would also be great to spend a few days after to relax and explore Tanzania before returning home. All told I will say that $5k is the budget figure to shoot for with savings goal. If you start putting aside $40 per week you will save $5200 in 130 weeks – put it in a savings account and you will gain a bit of intrest as well. You can also start your own fundraising efforts to help supplement your expenses. Think of cheerleading camp fundraising in high school LOL! Get your friends behind you so that you have support and a source of shame if you get lazy and quit!
While I am calling this TeamCraftBeerKiliClimb2015 — please know that during the climb, it is ill advised to drink alcohol because of altitude sickness and dehydration risk. In other words, we are not doing this to drink beer every night. We will however toast with a few sips of some highly “overrated” but highly loved CRAFT beer at the summit. When we get back to lower ground, that’s when we will cut loose & CELEBRATE!!!!!
If you are truly interested in doing this then follow this blog and email me with you contact info and details about why you want to go.
More info soon my adventuresome friends!
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