Moondance Adventures Gave Back to Kilimanjaro Guides and Porters During Summer Trip

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The Kilimanjaro Group Presents Coveted Zero Degree Sleeping Bags to Subcontracted Outfitter

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Zero degree sleeping bags are critical to the success and health of all participants climbing Kilimanjaro.

On Tuesday, July 5, Moondance Adventures presented 48 guides and porters on the mountain of Kilimanjaro with zero degree sleeping bags. The Marmot sleeping bags were given as a token of appreciation on behalf of Hayes Hitchens, president and founder of Moondance Adventures, who has been working with the outfitters, known as Active Kilitop and Safaris Limited, for several years in conjunction with Moondance Adventures’ Kilimanjaro expedition. The Arusha, Tanzania-based company is directed by Gabriel Nkini who has become a close friend and confidant of Hitchens and Moondance Adventures as a whole.

Kilimanjaro trip leaders Clark and Genna Harris were able to distribute the bags with Nkini’s help just before the team departed the Machame Gate at the base of Kilimanjaro. Because temperatures on the mountain dip at or below freezing on a regular basis, zero degree sleeping bags are critical to the success and health of all participants climbing Kilimanjaro, including the guides and porters who Genna Harris said worked so hard to maintain the positive energy among her group of 13 teenagers.

“The guides and porters of Active Kilitop and Safari really went above and beyond in making sure our group was comfortable and safe on the mountain,” says Genna Harris. “Giving them zero degree sleeping bags was the least we could do to thank them for their service and for ultimately getting our entire group to the summit.”

The Moondance Adventures group spent 22 days in all on the adventure as they departed for Tanzania on June 26 and arrived back in the States on July 17. While on the Kilimanjaro adventure, the teens had a chance to participate in a community service project with a local primary school, trek and summit Mount Kilimanjaro and experience a safari expedition in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Area.

As part of the Moondance Adventures teen summer program, the Kilimanjaro journey encourages students to live in the moment and experience life beyond their comfort zone, providing an arena for self-awareness and leadership skills. Furthermore, the trip allows the opportunity for teens to earn community service hours while working in educational facilities for underprivileged children as well as fully immerse themselves in a new cultural setting, like that of the Maasai tribe.

Moondance Adventures is a travel organization offering summer programs that challenge teens to step outside their comfort zones and achieve more than they ever dreamed possible in the great outdoors. The leadership adventure program is built on the philosophy that challenge builds character and is designed to teach leadership skills amongst an exciting combination of nature, fellowship and fun.

To learn more about Kilimanjaro and other Moondance adventure programs, visit the Moondance Adventures website at, or call (800) 832-5229.

About Moondance Adventures:
Founded by Hayes Hitchens in 1996, Moondance Adventures is a teen adventure travel program offering a wide variety of 13-23 day experiences including community service and wilderness-based leadership opportunities. Headquartered in Asheville, NC, Moondance offers 17 co-ed, non competitive teen summer adventure camps/programs for teenagers ages 12-18. Moondance provides fun, education and character-building with each program’s curriculum. Moondance has been conducting unique teen summer adventures in many of the finest teen adventure travel areas in the world with courses offered in Africa, Central America, Europe, North America and South America.


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