Brother William Wallace, Senior Warden of Gate City Lodge #2, is 5 weeks away from climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Brother Wallace committed to this goal in 2008 and has spent the past year in preparation for the climb. Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet high and the climb will take him through 5 distinct geographic temperate zones. The climb will start in a jungle/rain-forest and end at the summit where temperatures are often below 0 degrees.

The preparation for the climb has been both financial as well as physical. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro consists of 7 days on the mountain hiking for up to 8 hours per day. The final summit day may take as long at 12 hours. The route that Brother Wallace will take is called the Machame route which is the most challenging. The effort requires both strength and cardio fitness. Walking/hiking/running with a 30 lb weight vest has been a routine Brother Wallace has maintained for the past year. In addition, 150 pushups, 12 pull-ups, weight-training, and crunches are completed in the non-cardio days.

The climb is a personal goal for Brother Wallace but was also a means to draw attention to Doctors without Borders. Brother Wallace intends to summit Kilimanjaro with a Masonic flag as a salute to the international fraternity of Freemasonry.

from the summit:
from the summit:

Gate City II is an Atlanta Masonic Lodge. We are Free and Accepted Masons working under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Georgia. We meet at the Atlanta Masonic Center (formerly The Atlanta Masonic Temple) 1690 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
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