February 20, 2014 – Starting today Dr Joseph Maroon and the Live Free – African Freedom Tour, lead by triple amputee Rajesh Dubal, begin their assent of Mount Kilimanjaro the highest point on the African Continent. The climb should take 5 days and the descent 3 days barring any significant weather problems. The climb will start with temperatures in the upper 90’s F to a possible low at the peak down to -10 F. Although considered a trek and not climbing Dr Maroon, his daughter Isabella and 9 amputee climbers will face a host of challenges including the risk of altitude sickness as they reach 10,000 ft and eventually over 19,000 ft at the summit.
Also go to Google Maps HERE to track the daily progress of Dr Joseph Maroon’s climb of Mt Kilimanjaro. Here you will see real-time progress as they attempt to make to summit in 5 days. The group, lead by Rajesh Dubal, will be using the Rongai-Mawenzi route to the highest peak.