Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is honored to be part of Sam's Furniture's Kilimanjaro Climb for a Cause.The "Kili Climb for a Cause" climbing team, sponsored by Sam’s Furniture in Springdale, Arkansas, includes owner and veteran Joe Donaldson, and ten fellow Veterans - two of which are Purple Heart recipients.
The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. Many favor Marangu because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path. However the short time frame of the route makes altitude acclimatization fairly difficult. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast.
The morning of July 27 the Kili Climb team stepped off on the Marangu Route and five days later summited!
Day One: The Sheep Dog Climbers completed their first day of climbing and staged at their first camp -...
Our Kilimanjaro: Climb For A Cause team has brought Veterans from all over the US together to do one of the most challenging things they’ve ever done - climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! They have embarked on this challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicide and to show the world that no matter what, you can do and accomplish hard things!
Our Climbers have begun their trek, and will be taking the Lemosho route. They are 8 hours ahead of us, and as of this writing have finished Day 2.
Let’s get you caught up and full of Kilimanjaro facts.
The Climbers departed the US on Sunday, August 1, traveled for 20+ hours, and arrived in Tanzania on August 2, staying in a hotel in Moshi.
August 3 they did a gear check with their guides and porters to ensure everyone had all that they need for a successful climb.
After months of preparation and training, the Climbing Team has arrived in Tanzania!The "Kili Climb for a Cause" Climbing Team, sponsored by Sam’s Furniture in Springdale, Arkansas, includes owners, Joe & Larra Donaldson, a video production team, and ten Veterans - four of which are Purple Heart recipients (single- and double-limb amputees).Be sure to watch our Facebook & Instagram pages (@SheepDogIA) as well as our website for updates on their progress.And once they hit the trail, click this link to see where they are at LIVE!
Our Kili Climbers on the bus in Tanzania.
Meet Our Purple Heart Recipient Climbers
While on his second tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005, Sgt Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow, his left leg above...
KILI CLIMB FOR A CAUSE
The "Kili Climb for a Cause" climbing team, sponsored by Sam’s Furniture in Springdale, Arkansas, includes owners, Joe & Larra Donaldson, a video production team, and ten Veterans - four of which are Purple Heart recipients (single- and double-limb amputees).
This adventure was featured on the March 1, 2020, Fox & Friends show and was originally scheduled for July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled for August 2021.
WHY ARE WE CLIMBING?
The Kilimanjaro Climb for a Cause was created to inspire all individuals to face challenges head-on and work to overcome them. Summiting Kilimanjaro is a huge undertaking and accomplishment for a person without physical injuries to deal with. For those like our Purple Heart recipients who...