February 26, 2013
Bragging about family’s OK once in a while, right? A couple of years ago, my cousin, Lew (Hook) Ershler, went with me to climb Kilimanjaro. As usual, we had a great trip. And, as usual, the entire team was extraordinarily impressed by the work done and friendship shown by our entire Chagga crew. How could he help? IMG has supported the Porter Assistance Program on Kili for years and Lew wanted to see what more could be done when he got home. Lew is on the Pro Patrol at Alta, Utah and has been for years. When he got home, he started making some phone calls. He was asking for used uniforms to be donated to the cause of equipping porters while climbing Kilimanjaro. Utah areas who contributed included : Alta, Brighton, The Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City. And contribute they did. Don’t know the total weight but it probably had the word ‘ton’ attached. The Porter Assistance Program honored Lew’s efforts with a plaque at the Rongai gate.
Thanks to all the ski areas who contributed and thanks, Lew, for all your efforts on behalf of the PAP and the great Chagga porters and guides who are working with us every time a group is on the mountain!