Coming off the mountain early was arguably the group's most notable member, tennis star Martina Navratilova, who was evacuated by stretcher after being struck with acute altitude sickness, a potentially life-threatening condition. She met the group days later in London.
Luckily, the duo from Delmar did relatively well when it came to altitude sickness. Dave experienced some stomach discomfort near the end, but it was not too serious.
"Linda and I did very well in that department," he said. "You don't know if it's going to happen to you or not. It's luck of the draw."
Other members of the group included former Olympians and even paraOlympian Michael Teuber, who was paralyzed from the waist down but used special equipment to move his legs.
Despite not making their final goal, Dave Burtis said making the trek with a international expedition was nonetheless an amazing experience. The couple has their sights set on making other journeys around the globe.
"We like to hike, so hiking up the mountain was just a very enjoyable experience," he said. "You're all going through the same weather and altitude issues together. It's a great bonding experience."
The Burtises are still accepting contributions to meet their fundraising goal of $6,000. More on their climb and a link to their contribution page can be found at burtisandkilimanjaro.blogspot.com.