Here are just a few of our favorite moments and big accomplishments from 2017.
Hillary Has a Close Encounter with Gorillas
Thomson staffer Hillary Camara always wanted to see gorillas in the wild. She stood just inches away from a whole gorilla family in Bwindi, Impenetrable Forest in Rwanda and Uganda in November.
We Congratulate Our New Oldest Summiteer
At 82 years old, John Thelen became our oldest summiteer on Kilimanjaro. What was the journey like? He told us he “didn’t seem to have trouble going up!”
Annifreed Conquers Kili
Thomson staffer Annifreed Sinjour had a similar experience on Kilimanjaro’s Western Approach. We got the chance to live vicariously through her in a video she sent from the summit.
Gibb’s Farm Builds a Goat Tower
Annifreed paired her successful summit bid with a visit to the (NEW) most magical place on Earth – the Gibb’s Farm Goat Tower. Gibb’s Farm completed construction in October.
We Win Awards from Travel + Leisure
Kilimanjaro Welcomes its Best Dressed Trekker
If we could give an award for most-stylish trekker, it would go to Tom Sharpe, who blew us away with a 3-piece suit at Uhuru Peak in August.
Guests Exchange Their Wedding Vows on the Summit
Six months earlier, two of our guests said their wedding vows in that same spot with a head guide officiating the ceremony.
We Celebrate Three Marriages and a Baby
Back at our headquarters in Boston, we celebrated a few wedding ceremonies of our own. Nicole Scherr, Hillary Camara and John Muiruri were married, and Andrew Doherty became a father. His daughter Oona is now our favorite office guest.
The Office Recounts Countries We’ve Visited
Tanzania isn’t the only country we visited. Our office is filled with eager world travelers. Argentina, Iceland, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Rwanda, Uganda, and Vietnam were just a few other countries we crossed off the list this year.
A Giraffe Photo Bombs our Guests
Need we say more?
FoTZC Turns 20
Focus on Tanzanian Communities, our sister nonprofit organization in Tanzania, celebrated two decades of improving access to education, empowering women and funding health care initiatives across the country.
New Projects for the New Year
After receiving generous donations from guests, partners and friends, FoTZC is pressing on with a freshwater borehole project that will install clean water wells for thousands of people who desperately need them in Tanzania.