Don’t miss out! Cindy Lou and Whit Aillaud will be sharing photos and stories from their Tanzanian adventures at the Delta Community Library this Wednesday, November 28 beginning at 7:00pm. They welcome you and your questions.
The Aillauds Hit the High Trail!
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain of the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Climbing Kilimanjaro was long on Cindy Lou and Whit Aillaud’s bucket list. But they had doubts. Could they succeed in scaling a mountain that is 19341 feet above sea level? A mountain so high that if it was in North America, it would be eclipsed only by Alaska’s Denali and Yukon’s Logan? A peak so lofty it soars over a mile above our own Mount Hayes? A mountain whose slopes rise continuously from hot humid banana plantations to windswept glaciers? The dream rested on their back burner for years until the realization that they are in their mid sixties and their window of opportunity was narrowing. It was hustle it to Tanzania now or never.
Cindy Lou has raised money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society for years through her involvement in their Team in Training program in memory of her dad. When LLS offered Climb2Cure, an event where she could ascend Kilimanjaro under their banner, she jumped at the chance. Not wanting to be left out, Whit quickly threw his hat in as well. Since Kili is only a hop, skip and a jump away from the Serengeti, they decided to add a wildlife safari onto their outing.