Showing posts with label Mountain Climbing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mountain Climbing. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Video: R.A. Dickey talks about his Climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro on CNN




Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey talks about his climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of the fight against human trafficking.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mets Pitcher R.A. Dickey Reaches the Top of Mt. Kilimanjaro




R. A. Dickey, the Mets pitcher, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this month 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. His posts have appeared occasionally in the NY Times Bats

R.A. Dickey does it...No he did not pitch a shutout for the NY Mets , but he reached the top of MT. Kilimanjaro. Which is the highest point in Africa..

Dickey was quoted:
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.

Congratulations to you R.A. , you are a warrior!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

R.A. Dickey is Four Thousand Feet from his goal on his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro



R. A. Dickey, the Mets pitcher, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this month 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. His posts will appear occasionally in New York Times Baseball Section "Bats". Which happens to be a good read..So check it out..

Dickey is 4000 Ft from his goal as he writes:
Speaking of humility, when we first arrived at Barafu, we were witness to two individuals being rescued from their summit attempt due to severe symptoms of altitude sickness. This is a good reminder that although we are so close and can literally see the peak, we are still 4,000 feet away from our goal. We are confident but know that our own summit attempt will be no lay-up.

Tonight at 10:30, we will be awakened to begin our final trek to Uhuru peak, the very top of Kilimanjaro. We are all nervously excited and hopeful that our preparations have been sufficient.

My next entry will hopefully tell the story of a fantastic summit experience and the adversities we overcame to achieve it.
Hope he makes it....He is a Warrior!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mets ask Dickey not to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro


According to ESPN NY, the Mets have asked R.A. Dickey not to make his charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. However, Dickey still plans on going, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Though trips up Kilimanjaro are apparently not fatal or even that dangerous, the Mets have sent Dickey a letter saying they can void his contract if anything bad happens.

"If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn't have sent the letter," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the Journal. "Beyond that, have we tried to dissuade him from going? It seems to me that the letter is enough of an effort to dissuade him, and he intends to go on nonetheless."

On Tuesday, a Mets PR person confirmed that Dickey is still planning to make the trip shortly after the new year, but said that Alderson will not elaborate further on the Mets' viewpoint. A message has been left for Dickey's agent.

Dickey, 37, is hoping to raise awareness and money for the Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights against human trafficking.

Dickey has one-year left on his $7.8M, two-year contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012. Given the Mets' money woes, it is unclear if they will be rooting for Dickey or the mountain during his adventure.
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