Local attorney Tracy Codd is facing a new challenge this coming January, 2013 as he joins a team aiming to reach the summit of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, all to raise money for Autism.
Nicknamed “The Roof of Africa,” Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
As well as achieving the personal challenge of reaching the peak of Africa’s highest mountain, which rises to an altitude of 5,895 m (19,341 feet) AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level), Tracy also has a target of raising more than $50,000 for the University of Washington Center for Autism.
Codd will be part of a team climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, setting off from the United States on January 11, 2013. They aim to reach the summit by January 18, and plan to utilize the Lemosho-Western Breach route up the mountain.
Codd and his climbing partner, local businessman Craig Johnson, chose the Lemosho-Western Breach route to ascend the mountain because it is not used that often on Kili and offers more in the way of physical challenge. The other facts that drew the climbers to this route is that they will pass through seven different ecosystems along the way and see both sides of mountain – access the summit from the West and then descend on the East. Perhaps most importantly, the eight-day length of the climb assists in the acclimation process by allowing extra time at the higher altitudes.
Preparations for the climb started in the summer of 2012.
“I started trekking around more with weights on my back, and changed my workout regimen by employing the services of Highline Athletic Club Trainer Fereti Vasa,” Codd said. “Vasa tailored a program from me that improved my ability to recover from oxygen deprivation”.
As part of traveling to Tanzania, Africa, Codd will undergo a series of vaccinations for various maladies. Codd will receive vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Diphtherea and Malaria. Codd also plans on utilizing the drug Diamox to assist with altitude acclimatization.
Codd is also climbing Africa’s highest mountain for another reason – to help conquer Autism.
“I feel very passionate about the issues surrounding Autism and wanted to do something to raise funds towards the fantastic care and support provided by the University of Washington Autism Center,” he added. “For those suffering from the effects of Autism, and their family and friends, it is like climbing an unassailable mountain every day, so climbing one of the most iconic mountains in the world seemed a perfect way for me, in a small way, to raise awareness and funds.”
Here are some pics of what Codd can expect on his journey:
To learn more about Codd’s climb, visit his Facebook Page here .
We will follow this story throughout the Fall and Winter months as we catch up with Tracy and his preparations.