Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Peak experience.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Story by Nancy Harbert For the Journal *Photographs courtesy of Ron Beauchamp

Husband and wife tackle - and conquer - 19,340-foot Kilimanjaro

For two years, Ron Beauchamp and Cecilia Navarrete admired the stunning photographs of Mount Kilimanjaro in a coffee-table book given to them by a South African friend.

"Then one day, we picked it up and said, 'Let's climb it,' '' says Beauchamp, 48, a third-generation Albuquerque jeweler.

That was two years ago.

Shortly thereafter, the husband-and-wife team began preparing for a six-day trek that last fall took them through stunning stands of giant heather, rocky outcrops, glaciers and scree slopes to the summit of the legendary 19,340-foot peak. …

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