A passion for peaks

"Some of the trips go up much more quickly...so we're very positive that we'll be able to acclimatize and handle it as best as we can," Linda Burtis said.

But getting the body ready is only half of the equation. Keeping a positive mental outlook can be just as important in achieving success, said Linda Burtis, and she hopes folks at home will support the expedition not only with donations, but with well wishes.

"It would be great to have the spirit of Delmar helping our life's climb," she said.

They'll be getting some local support on Dec. 11, summit day, when Pat Humphries will be performing at Proctor's in Schenectady. She'll sing her song "Kilimanjaro" and encourage the audience to sing as well and send their thoughts to the climbers.

To read the Burtis' blog or donate to the fundraising effort, visit burtisandkilimanjaro.blogspot.com.""

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