DeSales' Li'l Frankie's African Adventure

by Tom McNamara | May 02, 2017


Are you planning the perfect summer getaway? Show your bulldog pride and take Li’l Frankie, the DeSales University bulldog, or your other DeSales items along for the ride.

Frankie recently traveled to Arusha, Tanzania – home of Lumen Christi Institute, where DeSales offers accredited B.A. degrees in philosophy – to climb Mount Kilimanjaro along with Janelle Hill, communications specialist.

At 19,341 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and it’s the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Frankie opted for the eight-day Lemosho route, one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. 

The group consisted of eight hikers of all ages (from 20s to 70s), five guides, and 20 porters. The porters carried everything (food, tents, big packs, etc.) except for the hikers’ daypacks (which contained food, water, and the day’s supplies). The porters also traveled at a much faster pace to have the entire campsite set up by the time the group arrived.

The scenery and temperature varied each day, as the trail weaved through different zones, including rainforest, desert, and arctic. One minute, the sun was shining; the next, cloud cover had rolled in. The distance the group hiked also varied from as little as two miles a day to more than 13 on summit day.   

As you plan your travels this summer, show your DeSales pride wherever you go and share the photos with us at

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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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