Former Vol and current New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, who will be inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame at the 2012 Leadoff Banquet on Jan. 18, is nearing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He posted another entry on his New York Times blog, detailing his last two days of hiking and his thoughts about closing in on his goal.
Here is an excerpt from his most recent blog:
When we got to Barafu camp, we were treated to vistas that defied our small scope of the world and its wonders. Before us, thousands of feet below, stretched cumulus cloud banks that looked like a never-ending field of the softest cotton one can imagine.
To our right sat Mount Meru, suspended above the clouds like a giant rocky temple. To our left were the sharp peaks of Mount Mawenzi, another of the Kilimanjaro volcanoes.
Being exposed to such majesty is humbling and begs me to contemplate how finite I really am.
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.