Read Ruthanna's blog 
following her trek to the summit of 
Mount Kilimanjaro 
and support SongShine!

September 16 - 26, 2019

View from the TOP! 
Ruthanna made it to the 
summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on 
September 24, 2019!

Click here to watch the post-trek news interview with fabulous images of the trek and the summit!

  Joe Smith, morning co-anchor of NBC Palm Springs did a fabulous interview with Ruthanna that aired on his   
  show. Click here to watch the video.

  Eye on the Desert did a feature segment on Ruthanna's trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 
  Click here to watch the video. If you'd like to see the post-trek follow-up segment, click here!


Eye on the Desert did a feature segment on Ruthanna's trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 
Click here to watch the video. 

You can follow Ruthanna's progress on her Kilimanjaro Trek on her blog, AIM HIGH! 
Click here to read the latest and see photos. 


I will be making a trip to trek Mount Kilimanjaro and will use the trip to raise funds for the SongShine Foundation. Note: All of my trek and travel expenses have been paid by me personally.

To honor the memory of 40 years of hiking and mountaineering with my husband, Roy, who passed away on August 29, 2018. Roy and I were avid mountaineers, hiking thousands of miles together and summiting many peaks over 14,000 feet, including Whitney (14,505’) and Elbert (14,439'), the two highest in the continental U.S. When we talked about Kilimanjaro before his death he said: “Go for it! And take me with you!”

September 16-26, 2019 I will be trekking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa in memory of Roy and to honor all the “SongShiners” living with Parkinson’s, stroke or other neurological disorders. I am asking you to pledge whatever amount you can for each 1,000 vertical feet I ascend. The funds will go to help with projects and much needed staff. 

Ruthanna Metzgar, Creator and Founder of SongShine
P.S. Roy is going with me--I will sprinkle a few of his ashes at the summit.

Trek Details


Date of trip: September 16 - 26, 2019
Location of Mount Kilimanjaro: Tanzania, Africa
     Starting elevation: 7,800'
     ~Summit elevation: 19,341' (Elevation gain: 11,541')
     ~Total mileage (ascending and descending): 42 miles
     ~Number of days on foot: 9
     ~Climate zones: 5 (lush tropical rain forest to snow and ice glacier)
     ~Temperature range: from 80 degrees F to -10 degrees F
     ~Accommodations: on the ground (sleeping bag and tent)
     ~Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and
          the highest volcano 
in the world

How to Join!

There are two ways to support SongShine as Ruthanna climbs the highest peak in Africa. First, you may offer a flat donation using the PayPal button below. Or, you may write a check (made payable to SongShine Foundation) and mail it to:

SongShine Foundation
PO Box 12921
Palm Desert, CA 92255-2921