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UPDATE: Local Attorney Tracy Codd Summited Mt. Kilimanjaro Sunday

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Screenshot of a “check-in” sent out by Tracy Codd on Saturday (Jan. 19), updating his team’s location on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Click image to see larger version.

UPDATE: Local attorney Tracy Codd successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest free-standing mountain – Sunday, Jan. 20, according to an email and voicemail (hear it here [2]) he sent us.

“Thanks to everyone who has followed my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the UW Autism Center,” Codd told The B-Town Blog. “We reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro named Uhuru Peak (nicknamed the “Roof of Africa”, 19,341 feet) at 6:15 AM Arusha, Tanzania time on January 20th. There are many stories to tell, but for now thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers and support. I hope to post some pictures soon and share the beauty of Tanzania and their wonderful, heartwarming people. A hot shower and a cold beverage are in order.

Codd climbed Kilimanjaro to benefit the University of Washington Autism Center. He is there along with local businessmen Craig Johnson and David Newsom, as well as a team of porters and guides.

The mountain is Africa’s highest, and it rises to an altitude of 5,895 m (19,341 feet) AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level).

As you can probably guess, there’s not much wifi or cellular phone service on the mountain, but we’ve been following updates he’s sent to us via a service called Findmespot [3], as well as to Facebook.

Here’s a photo Codd posted on his Facebook Page of a scene from his first day in Tanzania:

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“We arrived in Arusha Tanzania on Saturday night and spent the day today enjoying the wonderful hospitality of the Tanzanian people,” Codd said. “Today was a day to acclimate to a higher elevation and adjust to the time zone difference of 11 hours. We also spent time today in a Maasai tribe village market. Locals state that most of the Maasai tribesmen that attend the market come from the hillsides around Arusha and some walk for two days to attend the market. Many bring livestock to the market for sale and barter. We also met our Guide today and the climb starts tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support my climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the UW Autism Center.”

As we’ve previously reported [5], Codd is trying to raise $50,000 for the University of Washington’s Autism Center.

“The outpouring of support and generosity from both the Burien and Normandy Park communities as well as friends and family, in some cases around the world, has been gratifying. ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder is not a well-understood condition, and it is my hope that in a small way we can assist in increasing understanding,” he told us before leaving.

For more information about the climb, or to donate to his cause, please see Codd’s Facebook page: “Tracy Codd Kilimanjaro Climb for Autism. [6]

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