RACHEL HABING | Features Editor
Summer break is the time for a little r-and-r, which means “rest and recuperation” to most of us. Unless you’re Lansing Freeman, La Cueva history and government teacher. Then the popular idiom means “rare and remarkable” because this summer, while we were binge watching Netflix, Lansing Freeman climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mr. Freeman prepared for months by living in the high altitude of New Mexico and climbing the Sandias and Wheeler Peak. The climb took six days of climbing a few thousand feet a day and then going down and sleeping at a slightly lower elevation to help climbers get used to the elevation change. On the day Mr. Freeman’s group climbed to the summit of the mountain, they hiked to the base camp at 15,000 ft and then spent the afternoon and evening organizing their supplies. At 11 p.m. they got up and started the hike to the top. After a seven hour hike and a five hour long nose bleed, Mr. Freeman and his group got to the summit at 19,341 ft. Mr. Freeman said he felt great after getting to the top but other climbers did not because of the high elevation. He spent two hours at the top, the longest out of his group.
After climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Mr. Freeman also went on a safari in Serengeti National Park and saw the Ngorongoro Crater. He someday plans to climb Mount Everest.