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RA Dickey: In the Presence of the Mountain

Former Tennessee All-American and current New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey will begin his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro today. The Nashville native plans to post occasional updates on a blog for the New York Times. He provided an account of his journey to Tanzania and a preview of his climb in today's post.

Here is an excerpt from today's post: 

I felt invigorated knowing that I was near the challenge of the mountain. It was 9:45 p.m. in Kilimanjaro when we landed, so the darkness prevented any potential view of the mountain. But I could feel its presence, like a giant beast lurking in the shadows. Only time will tell if this beast will be friend or foe.

Dickey is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues and cares for women and girls in Mumbai who are at risk of being abused and exploited.

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