RA Dickey: Reaching the Summit

R.A. Dickey has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! Read his first-hand account of the final day of his ascent on his blog for the New York Times.

Here is an excerpt from his most recent blog:

We had done it! We gave hugs and high-fives all around above the clouds at the highest point in Africa.

The view was unforgettably magnificent, as incredible as anything I have ever seen. But as I took time to contemplate, I realized that the reason the view was so rich was the overall experience of the trek. We had walked approximately 40 miles and climbed 13,000 feet since the beginning of the journey, overcoming all kinds of adversities. All the while, we were building relationships with everyone from the porters to one another, sharing in our triumphs and helping one another in times of need.

A former Vol and current pitcher for the New York Mets, Dickey will be inducted in to the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2012 Leadoff Banquet on Wednesday.

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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