Nichole Baker

Nichole's Climb to the top of Kilimanjaro to support Homeboy Industries!

Nichole Baker 's fundraiser for Homeboy Industries

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Summit of Mt. Whitney, in preparation for Kili

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Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Uhuru Peak at 5895m (19,341 feet) is the highest point in Africa and is higher than Mt. Everest Base Camp

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The route I'll be taking

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Homeboys working in the bakery

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Homegirls working in the cafe

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Fr. Greg and Homeboys at Thanksgiving

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Daniel and his daughter

Mt. Kilimanjaro's peak is 5,895 meters above sea level, so I'm raising $5,895 for Homeboy Industries!


Climbing a mountain is substantially about one's self. It's about the individual physical training; the mental fortitude to keep climbing despite exhaustion, pain and obstacles; the will to press on. So, in contemplating this climb, I decided I wanted this adventure to be about MORE than just me. I wanted to use the experience to give back.

The mountain that I am attempting to climb is merely a mole hill compared to the mountains of adversity, suffering and challenge that the young people affiliated with Homeboy Industries must climb simply to create a decent life for themselves. They are my inspiration – if they can overcome poverty, neglect, abuse, abandonment and violence, then I can certainly deal with the cold, the altitude, sickness and soreness that may come along with my climb.


The visionary founder, Fr. Greg Boyle, has created a national model for gang intervention programs. He believes in giving a fighting chance to kids that haven’t had one, so they can become productive members of society. He also promotes the concept of kinship - that idea we are all connected and once we realize this we can expereince our true selves.

The organization is also based on social enterprise, which is a model which can lead non-profits to become more sustainable. Although there were no jobs for ex gang members, Fr. Greg gave them a job baking bread; they then sold that bread, using the profits to help more homeboys change their path and get out of the gang life. It's a great model!


I will do a 5 day trek up the volcano - 3.5 days up and 1.5 day down along the Marangu route (see photo). The total The summit is higher than Mt. Everest base camp. The day of the final ascent we begin hiking about midnight to make it to the top by sunrise. I understand it's easier to climb up the loose rock when frozen, so night climbs are better.


Starting Point: Marangu Gate (1860 m/6100 ft)

Duration: 5 days

Day 1 - Walking distance: 8 km/5 miles
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Altitude gain: 840 m/2760 ft

Day 2 -Walking distance: 12 km/7.2 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 3 -Walking distance: 9.5 km/5.7 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1000 m/3280 ft

Day 4 - Summit attempt to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and descent (3700 m/12200 ft)
Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles ascent + 15 km/9.5 miles descent
Walking time: 10 - 16 hours
Altitude gain: 1195 m/3920 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2195 m/7200 ft

Day 5 - Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1840 m/6040 ft


As I train, I see their faces; I hear their stories in my head. To me, this climb has become just as much about them as about me. The climb begins Feb 18th. I invite you to join me in supporting them.

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Organization Information

Homeboy Industries

(323) 526-1254x328



Homeboy Industries provides hope/training/support to men & women who want leave gang & criminal life & become contributing community members

EIN: 954800735

Reports: Guidestar

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($3,508 online, $2,823 offline)

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