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Pictured are Cheryl Sixta Trainor and Tom Sixta at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Their climb took nine days to summit, at 19,341 feet, and they passed through five climates, from equatorial rain forest to freezing temperatures at the summit. The trek is 71 miles with the first days making the fewest miles to acclimate to the reduced oxygen levels. The descent takes two days. Tusker Trail arranged the climb, providing two guides and 27 porters who transported the equipment for the group of four. A chef provided healthy, hot meals each day.