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April 30, 2006

Plane Tickets to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro

Holy cow were the plane tickets expensive. I've been searching for over a month now, and we finally decided to buy tickets. We went the multi-city route so that we could be sure and have some time, on the way back, in Amsterdam. (On the way there we're wanting to get to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro directly.) After looking for separate tickets everywhere, and looking for multi-city options, we finally found one that was, what seemed like, a good deal. (That's not to say that it wasn't a good deal, it just wasn't as good as we were hoping.) But, now that we have safely spent over $2000 per person on airline tickets alone, we are all set to go.

And, they issued us paper tickets! Can you believe that? I haven't been issued a paper ticket since I was in 5th grade (which was 13 years ago). I didn't even know that they still did that. I guess I've just been spoiled traveling in the age of e-tickets so you don't have to worry about forgetting them, losing them, having them stolen, spilled on, etc. But we've got them. So, as Jonathan says, "I guess we're really going aren't we."

April 24, 2006

Climbing Kilimanjaro - Are You Ready

Probably the most common question we are asked about going to Kilimanjaro is "Are you ready?" I can see by our countdown clock on the web site that we have only 44 days until we leave for Kilimanjaro, and I can safely say that I absolutely, positively am 100% NOT AT ALL ready! But we're working on getting ready.

We're also in the process of making changes to the web site... so stay tuned for that...

Carrie said the other day to someone we were talking with that "Climbing Kilimanjaro is the kind of thing that you really can't be completely ready for. No matter how much you do, you can always say you wish you had done more preparing."

Carrie training for Kilimanjaro
One of the things we have been doing regularly is working out.  I thought today I would post about what our workout routine has been up to this point, and what we are doing now to really step things up and make sure we're as ready as possible. TheFunnyShow was nice enough to send us these shirts, after we were guests on their radio show. They SAY that they didn't have the right sizes for us, so they sent an XL and a XXL... which we sort of look like overstuffed Oompa-Loompas when we're wearing them - we think that JC, Dude, and The Mailman were just trying to be funny sending us oversized clothing. Jonathan training for Kilimanjaro
But we appreciate them, and these shirts have become our official workout shirts while we are having our Kilimanjaro sponsors shirts printed.

Speaking of Kilimanjaro sponsors, our eBay auction closed, with 16 of our available spots taken, meaning there are only 84 sponsorship spots remaining! If you know someone who would be interested, let them know soon, because our sponsorships are being filled rapidly!

Up until this past week, our workout routine was:
30 minutes on the stair-stepper/elliptical
10 Minutes Abs work
25 minutes weight training (just because we wanted it - not really to train for Kili)

Then we realized that we only had 46 days left, and that we probably weren't getting enough Cardio work in.

So here's out workout routine now:
Ride our bikes to the gym (about 1 mile away)
1 hour on the stair-stepper/elliptical (Jonathan likes the stair stepper, Carrie likes the elliptical)
Ride our bikes home

How do we fit this in? Well, it's amazing that when you have a goal like climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, fitting an hour and a half workout into a busy schedule becomes a priority.

Speaking of which, it's time to go to the gym!

April 18, 2006

Quick Kilimanjaro Conference Reminder


This is just a quick reminder that we are going to be detained and questioned about our Kilimanjaro climb tonight!

Today, 14 auction spots are gone, which means only 8 spots remain.

We look forward to answering questions on the call!

The Call-in # is 212-990-8000 and the PIN Code is 4418#. again, at 6PM Mountain (8 PM Eastern).

Talk to you then!

April 17, 2006

New Sponsors & Why Climb Kili Conference Call

Here we find ourselves, training and getting ready for what my uncle called "The hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life."

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

So why are we climbing Kilimanjaro?

Why not jump on our conference call on Tuesday evening and find out!

There are currently a VERY LIMITED number of lines available, so you will want to call right on time to get in to the call...

It's Tuesday, April 18 at 6 PM Mountain (8 PM Eastern)
The Call-in # is 212-990-8000 and the PIN Code is 4418#

We will also be talking about the progress of our eBay auction! Speaking of which, here are the awesome companies who have sponsored our Kilimanjaro climb so far!



Check out all the action at the auction listing.

We look forward to hearing you on the call this Tuesday, April 18 at 6 PM Mountain (8 PM Eastern).

The Call-in # is 212-990-8000 and the PIN Code is 4418#.

We look forward to hearing you on the call!

April 11, 2006

New Video and New auction

Because so many people requested it, we decided to open the auction to everyone, by making it only $100 to participate.

In other words we will promote your company on Kilimanjaro for only $100.

Watch the video below for more information (Let us know what you think too).

You can get to the auction by going to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9508930999

April 07, 2006

Changes to auction and video discovery!

Hi everyone!

A quick update on the auction.

People kept asking us how they could get involved in the auction without acutally paying more than the current bid to win. So, we'll be re-opening the eBay auction listing shortly, and we'll be doing it in a way so that EVERYONE can take part in the opportunity to promote their business/web site on us.

There will be a limited # of spots however, and four of them are already gone. So, if you're not already signed up, (or if you know of someone who would be interested in a unique sponsorship opportunity), be sure to put your name in and sign up for the newsletter, because it's where we'll announce the time of the eBay auction launch first.

Also, here is a video of

a group of porters on the mountain. Porters are the people who lug your stuff up the hill, set up camp, cook meals, and take care of a lot of the "regular" activites so that you can simply climb.

Pretty cool stuff, and I thought I would share this little video here.

April 03, 2006

Video describing our Kili climb

So here's the challenge...Conveying to people who don't know, what the real opportunity is for them when it comes to winning our auction! We have this great opportunity for any company that wants to be the #1 bidder, but we haven't had the kind of traffic to the auction that would warrant their spending a ton of money on the auction itself. So, to help the winner understand what they're getting, and to help us promote the auction, we built a video! Want to check it out? Press Play below.