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Mt. Kilimanjaro - 19,340 ft. (5,895m)

January 27 - February 16, 2013


Where Lucille has been for the past 24 hours.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Check-in/OK message from WoK Lucille deBeaudrap SPOT Personal Tracker

WoK Lucille deBeaudrap
Latitude:-3.09956
Longitude:37.37798
GPS location Date/Time:02/06/2013 14:28:47 NPT

Message:WoK Pilot Lucille deBeaudrap is OK

Click the link below to see where I am located.
http://fms.ws/B3xy_/3.09956S/37.37798E

If the above link does not work, try this link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=-3.09956,37.37798&ll=-3.09956,37.37798&ie=UTF8&z=12&om=1

It is now apparent that the group did not fly from the top, they must have had another day of windy or cloudy conditions.  From this check-in message we can surmise that Lucille has remained high enough on the mountain to hang on to one last chance to fly.  It seems that most of the group has descended.  If I compare Mike Spencers track to Lucille's, and they normally would travel together, where Lucille stopped, Mike was about an hour ahead of her, and he continued down.  As I write this he is nearly at the bottom.

Marco's wife Sonia posted this to facebook (translated from italian)...

"to high camp were officially 8. tomorrow if the weather will allow him attempt the flight. wings Verona considering the adverse conditions will fly in tandem"

From this I am going to conclude that Lucille, Marco, and Alan are among 8 pilots who have remained high on the mountain for a chance to fly.  It's not over until they get to the bottom.  Alan has a Tandem glider and he will need a passenger to fly.  If his intended passenger descended on foot, then either Lucille or Marco will have to be his passenger.  Sonia says "wings Verona...will fly in tandem".  I interpret that as the Verona Pilots (Marco and Alan) will fly tandem, and Lucille will fly solo.

Just remember, I am getting all this from one check-in message, a track-log on a second spot, and a translated snippet of Italian.  I've been wrong before.

I now wish that I had accompanied Lucille on this trip, and voluteered to be the social media person on the ground to keep the rest of the world informed.  I have found the lack of updates from official Wings of Kilimanjaro sources dissappointing.  I think they could have used a few more non-participating volunteers to help with communications.

Ted

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