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Everly native climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Everly native Todd Haberman (standing in the white coat, third from the left) took a vacation and joined a group to climb Mt. Killimanjaro.
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What do people do with vacation time? Take a trip somewhere warm. Use the time to relax with family? Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania?

Everly native Todd Haberman chose the final option.

Killimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, a dormant volcano comprised of three volcanic cones.

"I was looking for something different and this popped up in my research," Haberman said.

He headed out for the climb by himself but met up with a group through REI Adventures - an outdoor retailer and co-op - which organizes trips to exotic locations around the world.

Haberman didn't initiate any specialized regimen prior to the climb. REI asked about his training, but according to Haberman there weren't any requirements to go along on the trip.

"I did step up my physical fitness," Haberman said.

Haberman admitted to some previous hiking and a little mountaineering, but acknowledged he didn't have much experience in mountain climbing.

"There were a couple of times while we were climbing where it became tougher and tougher, like harder to breathe," Haberman said.

There wasn't a large amout of time between Haberman's decision on his vacation destination and the climb.

"He told me when he decided to do it," said Roger Haberman, Todd's father. "That was sometime around November."

The younger Haberman didn't share his plans for the climb with many outside a circle of close friends and family. Those who knew weren't 100 percent certain he would reach the top, but Haberman said they were impressed when he reached the peak.

Haberman spent a total of six days on the mountain - traveling the Marangu route - reaching the peak on the fifth day. Everyone in Haberman's group completed the climb.

There are six routes to take on Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route is a non-technical climb up the southeast side of the mountain. It is also the oldest and most established route out of the six, according to REI Adventures.

The idea of trekking up another mountain doesn't scare Haberman, though he indicated it would "be a long time" before he attempted a similar adventure.

"It's a higher probability I will go to a different mountain," Haberman said.

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Ummmmmm Brrrrrrrrr!

-- Posted by deweyh on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 3:02 PM

Fun!! Congratulations!!

-- Posted by windchimes3 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:59 PM

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