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Highlands Junior School principal Gary Guy and daughters Katie and Allie pose for a photo near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
By Beth Dombrowa
While many of us spent Christmas night admiring gifts or cleaning up after a family meal, Highlands Junior School principal Gary Guy and his two older daughters boarded a flight to Africa to embark on a unique and challenging adventure. Gary, Allie and Katie spent most of the remaining break climbing 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
A view of Mount Kilimanjaro during the Guy’s adventure.
The trip was actually Gary’s second time to climb the highest point on the African continent. He went solo about five years ago and after hearing stories about his trip for years, the trio ultimately decided to do it together to close out 2018.
“I was initially hesitant,” Katie, a 2017 graduate of Ross S. Sterling and sophomore at The University of Texas studying public relations, said. “But about six months ago, I decided I really wanted to do it.”
To train, Katie said she took “Kili walks” around Austin, wearing her hiking boots. Older sister Allie, a 2015 graduate of Sterling and current student at Texas Christian University studying youth advocacy, is training for a marathon and started taking longer runs. Gary admitted that the majority of his training consisted of walking his dog in Jenkins Park.
“About an hour into just the first day, I was wondering what I had gotten into,” Katie said. “It was raining and muddy. But your body adjusts.”
Only about 35,000 people around the world attempt to climb Kilimanjaro every year, and the exact number who do so successfully is unknown. Katie said she was motivated by stories of different climbers, including an accomplished marathon runner who didn’t make It to the summit and a man who had lost a leg who did.
Regardless of personal circumstances, scaling Kilimanjaro takes physical and mental strength. Trekkers go through five different climates on their ascent, so they may begin by wearing shorts and t-shirts, but they will also get snowed on.
Porters went ahead of the Guys and fellow climbers with tents and food supplies. They helped pitch camp, so after climbing uphill five to seven miles per day at varying altitudes and in rapidly changing weather conditions, the crew was ready to rest. Food was fairly simple – fruits, vegetables, rice – and a lot of porridge. It wasn’t terrible, Gary said, because it was difficult to maintain much of an appetite anyway. There were no showers available during their seven-day trip and sometimes melted snow was the only drinking water available.
“We had all of our meals together in a little tent,” Katie said. “It was fun being in there together.”
Reaching the summit is the pinnacle of the trip. About 30 minutes from the top, Katie said she started getting excited when she saw signs that they were near, even though her eyelashes and hair were frozen solid.
Climbers don’t spend much time at the summit, just enough to get a few photos, before beginning their descent.
“It’s not as easy as you might think,” Gary said. “You use different muscles on the way down.” And, of course, there are the same number of significant climbing changes.
The jury is out as to whether Allie and Katie will make a second trip like their dad.
“It would take a lot of memory loss, but maybe someday” Katie said.
Gary made it clear that despite the impressive feat of scaling the mountain twice, his Kilimanjaro days are behind him.
“I gave my hiking boots to our guide,” he said,. “I told him, ‘I will not be needing these boots again.’”
PUBLIC HEARING FOR DISCUSSION OF THE ANNUAL TEXAS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE REPORT (TEXAS EDUCATION CODE 51.403(e) on Monday, February 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Administration Building Board Room, 4544 Interstate 10 East, Baytown, Texas 77521. Parents, community members, and school personnel are invited to attend this public hearing to participate in the discussion of the Goose Creek CISD Texas Academic Performance Report for 2017-2018.
AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA PARA LA DISCUSIÓN DEL INFORME ANUAL SOBRE EL RENDIMIENTO ACADÉMICO DE TEXAS (EDUCACIÓN DE TEXAS CÓDIGO 51.403 (e)
El lunes, 4 de febrero del 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Sala de juntas de la Mesa Directiva en el edificio
de la Administración, con domicilio en el 4544 Interstate 10 East, Baytown, Texas 77521.
Se invitan a los padres, maestros, y personal de la escuela a asistir a esta audiencia pública para expresar su opinión respecto al Informe del Rendimiento Académico de Texas de Goose Creek CISD del 2017-18.
After nine meetings and more than 1,100 hours of volunteer service, the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee, a group of diverse community members, presented their proposed bond package to the GCCISD Board of Trustees at the Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, board meeting. As a next step, the Board will vote on calling for a May 2019 bond election at the February 4, 2019 board meeting.
Click the link below, to view the presentation members of the CBPC presented to the Board.
May 2019 Bond Recommendation
To watch a video of their presentation, go to the district’s YouTube channel.
2018 Goose Creek CISD Best of Show
Goose Creek Memorial High School
You are invited to a reception honoring the
Artists and Faculty
Thursday, January 17, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Recognition at 5:45 p.m.
Public Viewing January 9-11 & 14-17, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GCCISD Administration Building
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