Caren Ware's Blog

January 19, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 7:29 pm





tetonmnteeringstaffI have spent the past four weeks working in an outdoor retail store learning about best products, new fabrics, proper layers, uses for equipment, trinket options. And from experienced outdoorspeople… tricks of the trade…how to make your outdoor experience a grade A outdoor experience. I am training and getting film footage and advice to splice in for “FINDING FIT”. I have basically made myself a student of what to pack and how to best prepare for an adventure to run a full marathon than make it to top of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. (over 19,000) feet. How is this information EVER going to be useful in life?
In walks Sabrina, a city gal from Chicago ,whom just learns that four girlfriends are going to climb Kilimanjaro for a birthday celebration, fully porter assisted, but she needs these things. She hands me her list. It is long. It is the exact one I have.
Sabrina owns no outdoor wear or gear, and has to be out of the store in 1 hour! Sounds like a reality game show…we went into whirlwind. Sabrina now owns an osprey day pack where the hydration hose is insulated from freezing and the mouth piece magnets to sip position right below her mouth. She has wind stopper, rain gear,800 fill down, capilene, sturdy boots, socks, sun hat….on and on…all fitting in a water proof duffle to put in her suitcase. Sabrina leaves in a few days. Wha lah! It will be fun to hear from her and how her impulse to just GO DO IT goes. This will be the practical how tos for ANY person that gets the goal to do something as wild as get out from behind the desk….or take a fun break like Sabrina and celebrate a pillar date on a unforgettable peak. So cute was her interest in YOU GO GIRL, these little pouches you put between your legs and discreetly pee; very useful in a base camp where there are no bushes to squat behind. She grabs our entire supply and giggles, “party favors for the girls!” Sabrina, YOU GO GIRL! And yes, thank you, Teton Mountaineering for being a ‘world’ of outdoor knowledge.

Here’s a well appreciated email she sent before she embarked on her trip.

” Hi Caren,
Thank you so much for your email- I was going to email you this morning! First and foremost, it was such a pleasure meeting you- I’m even more excited and inspired about the trip after working with you and LOVE the fact that even at 19,000 feet, you made sure I was color coordinated!
I loved your energy, enthusiasm and energy and how ironic that you are doing this next month (along with a marathon! ). I can’t wait to tell my friend your story who organized this whole group for her 50th birthday! Anything is possible in life if you out your mind to it!

Let’s definitely keep in touch and would love to meet up if you are ever in Chicago. My husband and I also go to LA a lot so when I’m out there will see if you happen to be there two. We also spend 2 weeks in march and the month of August in Jackson.
I’m going to keep a journal and lots of go pro video of my hike, mostly to document for my 10,9, and 7 year old kids. My desire to do this goes way back ~ my father lived in Africa in the mid 70’s while my mother and siblings lived in London because it was too dangerous to live there. He commuted for 6 years back and forth but fell in love with Africa. Eventually, due to the political climate, it was too dangerous to work there and he moved back to London. He died last year and this climb is partly dedicated to his love for Africa.
I look forward to sharing my story at some point with you! In the meantime, best to you. After I read your card to my daughter she said to me “wow – she’s famous. We should have gotten her autography” I agreed!
Hugs and happy hiking,


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