Our climbers were packed and out the hotel door by about 8:30 AM on Monday morning with all their gear and a little apprehension. First stop was a rendezvous with the porters who loaded and strapped an abundance of equipment and supplies onto the roof of the bus. There are 3 porters to every 1 climber!! After a 2 hour ride the bus pulled into the first gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park where our climbers registered and ate lunch. Then they strapped on their gaters, took a few photos and boarded the bus again for the final 45 minute ride to the starting point. The porters gave final instructions, Father Leo blessed the group and at 2:10 PM they were on their way.