Ann Curry, host of the Today show, reported that their five person team decided unanimously to call off their summit attempt today. As noted yesterday, Ann and fellow members of her party were experiencing altitude sickness as they rested on Arrow Glacier camp and were deciding whether to continue climbing today. She stated today that all of the team members were still feeling the effects of acute mountain sickness.
I had noted in the last post that it was a near certainty that they would not climb the Western Breach despite Curry’s reporting a “50/50″ chance of going for the summit. Given the condition of the team and the challenges of the Western Breach and Crater Camp, it would have been irresponsible for their guide service to lead the Today show team up the mountain. Rightfully, the team began their descent.
Here are the latest videos of Ann on Kilimanjaro: