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Author: Cricket Gullickson ’15

Rio, Wisconsin • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology View Profile

A Birthday Abroad

The week before last, I celebrated my 21st birthday. For me, a typical birthday celebration at Princeton usually looks something like this: After a day of classes, my closest friends organize a lovely dinner at a nearby restaurant and we call it a day. This year, my birthday looked something like this:

I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to climb to the summit of this mountain

Mt. Kenya
The peak of Mt. Kenya from Shipton's Camp base camp.

By 6:30 a.m. I found myself here, on the summit of the second-tallest mountain in Kenya. Although it certainly wasn’t my typical birthday celebration, and although I never imagined I would spend my 21st birthday climbing a mountain, I certainly think it was a memorable way to spend it!

Kenyan flag at the summit of Pt. Lenana
At the peak called Pt. Lenana

 

The group that climbed
The group that climbed