R. A. Dickey will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January as he looks to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.
“To reach the summit, he will have to ascend to 19,336 feet above sea level, traversing a path that begins in 85-degree heat and ends with the ground covered in snow,” the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa explained the other day.
Dickey is documenting the trip in a blog for the New York Times, and wrote this in his first post yesterday:
“In five days, I will travel via Detroit to Amsterdam, finally arriving at Kilimanjaro’s airport. … I continue to believe that the risks of climbing Kilimanjaro are minimal. In fact, it may prove to be less dangerous than the roller coaster and all those loopty loops. I am encouraged to learn that a 7-year-old named Keats Boyd and an 82-year-old man named George Solt both have summited. I feel confident that a 37-year-old ...