7 November 2011
On a cool Friday morning last month, two mini-buses left Nairobi for Arusha, Tanzania.
Inside the buses were 40 men and women from the Nation Media Group who had enlisted for a mission dubbed Kiliclimb Chukua Hatua, Maliza Njaa, a social responsibility campaign that seeks to raise Sh60 million for the Kenyans-for-Kenya initiative that is administered by the Red Cross Society.
The team was confident that it had prepared well for the perilous Mt Kilimanjaro climb. However, they were soon to discover that nothing could have adequately prepared them for the challenges that awaited them.
The team had carried the right clothes, bought the right food, taken the right exercises, and packed the right shoes.
But when the ascent to Africa’s highest peak started, they discovered that they could not make it to the summit with their heavy backpacks laden with