So, what exactly are Putney students doing on our summer programs abroad this summer? We hope you enjoy this firsthand account and photos of recent student travel adventures in Tanzania, the first in a series of Putney summer program blogs to be featured on our blog. This update comes to us by way of Erika Garroutte and John Linsley, Putney’s 2012 leaders of our Cultural Exploration Kilimanjaro leaders.
All 12 of our students summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Tuesday morning at 6:10 a.m.! After a challenging push to the summit starting at 4:00 a.m., we caught a glimpse of the famous Uhuru Peak sign as the sun rose above the glaciers. After many photos and a celebration with our guides, we started our long descent back to 10,000 feet for our final night on the mountain.
This morning we hiked out to the Machame gate where we said goodbye to our guide team and drove to Arusha town to spend one night in a hotel for much needed rest and showers. Tomorrow we leave for a five-day safari, where we will have a chance to go on a bush walk with local Maasai guides, listen to wildlife from our camp, and visit Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Erica and John