Judge Julie Mogenis Summits Mt. Kilimanjaro in Prois!! #JudgetheMoment

Kilimanjaro is a name that evokes an array of images and emotions. For Judge Julie Mogenis it called to her with the lure of the challenge, but even more so, it was the individual perseverance and emotional growth that became the pinnacle of her journey.

 

On September 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM a dream was realized when Judge Julie Mogenis reached the roof of Africa and summated Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Julie wasn’t alone on this epic journey; the expert and knowledgeable staff of Ultimate Kilimanjaro guided the way and she had lots of support in both spirit and sponsorship from the Prois performance camo gear she sported to the Garmin Fenix watch she depended on for everything from accurate health data, altitude, temperature… to time.

 

Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa rises above the jungle and beckons seductively to those who have come to take up the challenge. While there are many ways to experience the mountain on a range of levels for all who come, only a few pass the test of reaching the summit. Julie is one of those that took up the challenge and triumphed. Julie undertook the Kilimanjaro climb after nearly a year of health setbacks, culminating, just months before the climb, in a pelvic surgery on the area where she had previously been injured in a hunting accident. Like many of us she realized that she had no warranty on her parts and believed that “with the clock ticking” she needed to get this personal test accomplished and out-run any other health issues time is sure to present.

 

The highest freestanding mountain in the world, closest landmass to the sun Kilimanjaro is steeped in myth and legend. The third highest mountain in the world, measuring in at a breathtaking 19,741 feet at the summit the glacial peak and extreme cold seem paradoxical considering its proximity to the equator. These are some of the things that have earned this Tanzanian jewel the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

 

Julie’s trek began on the northern approach, slightly off the beaten path and considered more difficult by many. The ascent took the climbers through the full spectrum of climatic zones at about 5900 feet there exists a lush rainforest zone, teaming with wildlife including monkeys, duikers, bushbuck, leopards and lions…at 13,000 feet the low alpine zone starts and with it began some of the altitude challenges that plagued Julie and the crew…from nausea, confusion, lightheadedness to blinding headaches. The climbers resorted to playing nonsensical childhood games to keep their minds occupied and off the symptoms or the altitude. There is no way to know who it will affect and how badly. The air is increasingly thin, and cooler; land uncultivated and covered with alpine flowers, despite the elevation elephants, leopards and capes can sometimes still be spotted. At 16,000 feet the low alpine finally gives way to alpine desert, the location for the base camp in preparation for the final ascent by Julie, which began in the night, climbing in darkness in order to reach the peak at sunrise. The desert region is dry, desolate and extreme-freezing temperatures despite the strong, unfiltered sunlight. No plants or wildlife here, the acetic zone is devoid of any life save those only passing through on their deliberate trek to the top.

 

The descent seemed almost a breeze to the trio with a well deserved reward of fishing the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar to try out gear from Bass Pro Shops. Julie later went on a photo safari and birding with Zeiss in the Selous which resulted in some surprising adventures all their own.

 

Julie admits that this trek has taken some additional physical toll but the trade was worth the experience. Now she is ready to write that book, share stories of her soulful journey along with many humorous and inspirational anecdotes. In the future she envisions a possible return to Kili with a crew of folks wanting to test their limits and fill in their “Life to-do list.”

 

With thanks to all the sponsors and friends involved: Prois, Zeiss Optics, SOG, Bass Pro Shops, Garmin, Midland, Revision Eye Wear, Ultimate Kilimanjaro, Mike Killer, Jeff Abrams and SeeMeHunt.com 

 

For the full story on Julie Mogenis and the Mount Kilimanjaro Summit Adventure contact info@worldwildadventures

 

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Meet Hon Julie A Mogenis!!

New to Pro-Staff this year is Hon Julie A Mogenis.  As a young girl in Virginia, Julie taught herself to hunt squirrels with a .22.  She had no idea that her first squirrel hunt would eventually lead her to becoming a guide, a Texas rancher and a respected internationally broadcast TV personality.

Born on an Army base in Bad Canstatt, Germany, Julie was a world traveler before the age of 2.  Once stateside she moved many times, not as an Army brat but as the daughter of an FBI Special Agent .  By the time the family had settled back in Virginia she had become very involved in outdoor sports; softball, track and field, mountain climbing, and tennis.  Although Julie was exceptional in everything she participated in, it was by playing tennis that she truly made her mark.

Julie attended American University on a tennis scholarship majoring in political science and abnormal psychology.  After graduating from AU in 1978, she continued working on her masters degree.  She became restless and decided to take time off to travel.  During her travels abroad  she decided that she would attend law school.  Something about Texas appealed to her and she applied and was accepted to South Texas College of Law in Houston.  While still a student at South Texas, she was a junior prosecutor in the Harris County Criminal Courts.  After graduating in 1983, Julie decided to follow her dad’s footsteps and joined the FBI.  Her employment with the bureau did not satisfy her lust for the outdoors nor challenge her in the way she expected.

So Julie returned to Texas, opened a private investigation firm and married a fifth-generation Texan.  It was not long before she was hunting two-legged animals during the week and four-legged critters on the weekend,  Hunting had become a fundamental element in her life.  Even though her plate seemed to be overflowing, when Julie was approached by the community to be their municipal court judge, she accepted the appointment and began her judicial career.

One thing led to another and Julie soon determined hunting was a passion she could not resist.  She and her husband Sam closed the investigation business and moved to the Wee “b” Rockin, her Texas Hill Country ranch where she supervises ranch operations as well as her guide business, Third Eye Guides and Outfitters.

Six years ago she launched her television show, “Huntin With The Judge” which she uses as a vehicle to promote both indigenous and exotic hunting while practicing fair chase ethics whether in an estate (high fence) or in free-range venues.  In 2004, Julie was the unfortunate victim of a hunter’s negligent misfire and became an incredible survival story and a recovered trauma patient from the University of Texas Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.  During her recovery there, Julie was solicited by the Armed Forces Foundation, a national organization based in Washington DC, to be the Executive Director for Outdoor Sports Programs.  Since then Julie has teamed up with many organizations focused on getting the wounded military personnel out of the hospital and into the woods and on the water. Her favorite organizations are Combat Marine Outdoors, and Outdoor Adventures from the Heart

Julie is now a retired judge and the host of award winning and internationally broadcast outdoor television series Huntin with the Judge.  Julie holds the Trophy Game Record of The World Huntress of the Year 2010. She also  holds over 12 World Records for various species taken by rifle, muzzleloader, pistol, and archery.   She is an incredible hunter and a great lady!! She hunts everything from varmints, trophy whitetail, monster elk & red stag, chamois, bears, plenty of dangerous game, the Big 5 & many species of Plains game. Julie had already been promoting Prois as an Ambassador when she was selected for Pro-Staff this year.  Welcome to the team Julie!!