Burien attorney Tracy Codd returned from his fundraiser climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa recently with many stories to tell.
“It was quite an experience, a wonderful life event,” Codd told The B-Town Blog. “I am thankful to our guides and porters who ensured our safety on the climb and contributed mightily to our successful summit bid.”
Codd left Burien on Jan. 11 and began his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro on Jan. 14. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world (19,341 feet). Codd and local businessmen Craig Johnson and David Newsom reached Uhuru Peak – Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit – on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 6:15 a.m.
“It was beautiful and quite peaceful being up above the clouds like that,” he said. “Our guides arranged for us to be one of the first groups to summit that morning, so it was especially serene when we arrived.”
The group stayed at the summit for a short time and then began the two day descent to the Machame Gate.
“The descent was more difficult that the ascent in some ways, as you are descending fairly quickly, and the jarring takes its toll,” he said.
After finishing the climb, Codd stayed in Tanzania for a few days to relax and enjoy the country.
“We were able to spend some time with the the people, see the countryside, its scenery and wildlife,” Codd told us. “I had barbecued goat for lunch one day, which was interesting; it tasted like a cross between lamb and flank steak.”
Codd also climbed in support of the University of Washington Autism Center. His fundraising efforts continue, and he is fast approaching his stated goal of raising $50,000 to support the UW Autism Center.
“We have a bit of ways to go, the goal is in sight, and contributions are invited so that we can take full advantage of the UW Autism Center’s matching funds.”
“I’d like to thank The B-Town Blog for bringing attention to my fundraising efforts. The Blog has been instrumental in helping raise awareness, and I am deeply grateful.”
Codd provided the Blog with some great pictures from his climb, courtesy David Newsom.
“Let’s just say that Husky Nation reached far and wide across Africa,” Codd joked (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):
For more information about how you can help his cause, Tracy Codd can be reached directly at (206) 248-6152, or on his Facebook page “Tracy Codd Mount Kilimanjaro Climb for Autism .”