One year ago on the last evening of 2010, the Parker’s Climb Team greeted the arrival of 2011 with a sense of anticipation and excitement as another clock counted down the days until we would climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
I can still recall the feeling that July 2011 would never arrive when we launched our year-long fundraiser in July of 2010. When we rang in 2011 we were still a long way from Tanzania and that big mountain, but it certainly was a vivid reminder that time does not stand still. The day did arrive, and on July 4, 2011, . . . → Read More: Parker’s Climb – For The Cure – New Year’s 2012
There are two things that Geoff is very serious about – playing golf and being involved in any event that is raising funds to help fund the cure for Parkinson’s disease. Geoff was invited to play in the 2nd Swing For A Cure!- This Charity Golf Tournament is sponsored by the National Parkinson’s Foundation and Eric Kaplin, who hosts this event for a very special man, his father.
From Eric Kaplin: My father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when I was five years old. Although I was naive to what this meant, it did not take long before I . . . → Read More: 2nd Swing For A Cure – National Parkinson’s Foundation Tournament
It has been a very long time since I sat down to write for Parker’s Climb. I have not been here since posting our Mt. Kilimanjaro summit photos; but Parker’s Climb is still a part of my soul! The climb and the very special year of fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation will always be a part of me – for as long as I live!
In the year leading up to the Parker family Mt. Kilimanjaro climb for Team Fox, I had a very different sense of purpose. I was training harder physically than I have ever done . . . → Read More: Parker’s Climb – A Journey To Help Cure Parkinson’s Disease & Alzheimer’s Disease
Parker’s Climb has the scoop! From UNCRATE.com:
Dreams do come true. While it’s not yet 2015, Nike is releasing Marty’s mythical shoe from Back to the Future II. The Nike MAG ($TBD) won’t feature power-lacing, but they will sport glowing LEDs and an electroluminescent “Nike” in the strap, all glowing for around five hours per charge. Only 1500 pairs of the Nike MAG will be available — and they’ll all be auctioned off on eBay with all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fight Parkinson’s disease. The first of the auctions start tonight at 11:30 ET.
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Team Parker Summit’s Mt. Kilimanjaro
July 10, 2011 – The Parker Family at the Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit For Team Fox – Geoff's 57th Birthday
When you are standing at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, at 19,340 feet, you truly have the feeling that there is nothing in the world that you cannot do! You forget how hard it was to get there and for a little while, you no longer struggle to breathe because you have arrived at the summit of this magnificent mountain! You have this amazing feeling that you hope will last a life time; and truly, . . . → Read More: Parker’s Climb – Reaches The Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro For Team Fox
Crater Camp to Mwenka Camp: Mwenka Camp will be the last night spent on Kilamanjaro. Hike time today is 7-9hrs, 10.2mi 10,400 ft. Tomorrow morning Team Parker will have a 3-4hr walk down to the gate, where the Tusker vehicles will be there to meet us and take us back to the hotel for a well-earned shower!
Promise to update with pictures as soon as we have them and are in a safe spot to upload!
*** UPDATE *** Tusker Trail World Class Treks wrote: “Happy to announce that the entire Parker team made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro . . . → Read More: The Decent Down Mount Kilimanjaro
Today all gear is repacked taking only what they will need for the summit push. Today will be the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. They will slowiy wind their way up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until they reach the rim of the crater. After having lunch on the rim, the Team will make their push to the Summit. The view from the summit is dramatic! The weather and effects of the altitude will determine how long they will stay. After the Summit celebration they will . . . → Read More: Parker’s Climb Has Reached The Summit!
Barafu Camp Ariel View
Todays climb has been all UPHILL to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and its extremely windy and cold at this altitude. I’m sure there is a buzz of excitement as the Parkers anticipate their toughest day just ahead. Todays climb time is 3-4 hrs, 2.2 mi, 15,200ft. Tomorrow, July 10th, is a VERY SPECIAL day. The Team will Summit on Geoff’s 57th Birthday… Happy Birthday Geoff!! We are all cheering you on as you reach the Summit..Almost There – WORLD UP!
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Today’s BIG challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall – a 500ft lava flow. It’s not a technical wall, but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the “wall”, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo. Lastly Team Parker will descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side for a good night sleep at camp. The sunsets here are spectaular. Todays travels were 4-5hrs a distance of 2.4 miles at 13,200ft elevation.
The Great Barranco Wall – 500ft Of Pure Lava & Adrenaline!
. . . → Read More: Day 5 – 500ft Of Lava Flow Ahead!
This morning (July 7th 2011) the Team started their climb toward Lava Tower lower camp, at 14,950 ft. They will stop for lunch at the camp to allow their bodies to acclimatize. Afterwards they will descend down through the Giant Senecio forest to Barranco, on a ridge at the foot of the Barranco Wall. This is where the Machame & Lemosho routes converge, so possibly at this point they will get to meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route. Today’s total climb time is 6-7 hrs covering 4.6 miles. The team is over 1/2 way to the summit – World . . . → Read More: Day 4 – Parker’s Climb