Training for Kilimanjaro:
Kendal and Gary took a hike to both summits of Saddle Peak
(elevation 9,165 feet).
This was a 9.6 mile round trip with 3,900 feet elevation gain
The one-way distance and start/end elevations are a close approximation
of the first day on Kilimanjaro,
so making it up and down without problems was a good indication of their
It was unusually hot;
about 95°F at the trail head,
making the hike even more challenging.
The anticipated temperature at the Kilimanjaro trail head is 60°F.
there were mountain goats at the summit.
One wonders if other hikers offer them treats;
that would be a way to get even closer,
but would be a radical departure from their normal highly specialized
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