Bar News - May 19, 2006
The Kilimanjaro Club? More Bar Members Make It to the Top
Donald Whittum, left, with Arthur Hoover at Mount Kilimanjaro.
In the April 21 issue of the Bar News I read with interest the letter from Jim Johnson which highlighted his successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, a significant accomplishment considering his age and medical history.
Donald Whittum and I were two of six from a hiking group of ten that reached the peak on January 25, 2005, (see picture). Don was 69 at the time and I was two months shy of 65. For us it was a great adventure, and as Jim pointed out, an opportunity to learn about Africa, and the struggles endured by the warm and friendly people of Kenya and Tanzania.
This past January Peter Mathieu, Tom Dunnington and Justin Caramagno, three seacoast New Hampshire attorneys, tackled the mountain. Their experience was enhanced by a visit to an orphanage, populated primarily by young children whose parents had died of AIDS, in Arusha, Tanzania.
Perhaps it is time to start an alumni club of New Hampshire attorneys who have made the climb, and perhaps our talents and experience as lawyers could help make a difference in that orphanage in Arusha.
Arthur W. Hoover