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The Independent Travel Cats’ Charity Climb up Kilimanjaro with Amani Afrika

This past July, we had the pleasure to host Jessica and Ethan from the popular travel blog Independent Travel Cats for their Charity Climb up Mt Kilimanjaro.

Jessica and Ethan's Kilimanjaro Climb with Amani Afrika

Jessica and Ethan raised funds for Vision for the Poor via the Climb for Sight initiative

Reaching 19,341 feet above mean sea level was no easy feat, especially for Ethan, who just had his most recent open heart surgery in November. Slowly but surely, Ethan accomplished his mission, reaching the highest point of Africa at 6:40am on the 26th of July, 2014, via the Rongai route. Hongera sana, bwana! We would also like to congratulate Jessica, who has successfully climbed to 16,000 feet after having recovered from feeling unwell just in time to start the climb. When we asked Ethan if he had any secret strategies to get himself through the challenging climb to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, his response was “I kept repeating ‘Jessica, one, two, three, four…’ to myself to make sure that my mind was clear and that I had not succumbed to altitude sickness”!

What made this climb extra special was the fundraising efforts by Jessica and Ethan to support a non-profit organization called Vision for the Poor. Through their climb, the Independent Travel Cats were able to raise money to fund sight-saving surgeries, purchase medical equipment and eyeglasses for poor children living in remote areas. Well done, Jessica and Ethan!

Jessica and Ethan with Amani Afrika Salim & Anwary and owner Godwin Temba on Kilimanjaro

Jessica and Ethan with Amani Afrika owner Godwin and guides Salim & Anwary on Kilimanjaro

  1. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats Reply

    Thanks Amani Afrika for an amazing and well-organized Mt. Kilimanjaro climb! We could not have done it without Vivian & Temba or the amazing climb crew of 14 that kept us going as we climbed the mountain.

  2. Valerie Freer Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS! What an amazing adventure and accomplishment for you both! Thanks for making a different, and thank you for letting INDEEGEAR be a part of it!

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