AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “They were so thrilled. They were looking forward to bringing us back pictures,” Holden said. Ferguson, a satellite engineer at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., had been hiking with his wife and others from the Colorado Mountain Club, friends and club officials said. “Kris had a lucky star, up until the day before yesterday,” said his father, Paul Ferguson of Redmond, Wash. “He was always energetic and brilliant at whatever he tried. He was able to deal with the most technical problems and yet he was the most cerebral type of person when it came to things like psychology and philosophy and poetry.” “He was charmed and charming,” said his mother, Karrie. Paul Ferguson said Jodi Coochise, his daughter-in-law, told him the couple was in their tents when the rockslide occurred. Debbie Ramsey, a family friend answering the telephone at the Sammis home, said Sammis was in Tanzania with her husband, Scott, and three adult children. “It was a dream come true for them,” Ramsey said of the family’s trip. Mary Sammis “loved to hike and was always going on hiking trips with friends,” Ramsey said. “Mary was a very upbeat, wonderful, great friend.” The injured Americans were flown to Nairobi, Kenya, for treatment, said James Wakibara, acting spokesman for Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Several Tanzanian guides also were initially reported killed, but regional police commander Mohamed Chico said Thursday that no Tanzanians had been found among the dead. Of the world’s top peaks, Kilimanjaro is among the easiest to scale – though, as Wednesday’s slide demonstrated, it can be deadly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania – The climbers were asleep in their tents, hoping to get a few hours’ rest before a pre-dawn ascent of Africa’s highest peak, when the boulders rained down. Three Americans were killed and two others seriously injured. The Americans were among several dozen foreign climbers from various tour groups camped near Arrow glacier on Kilimanjaro’s difficult Western Breach when the rockslide occurred Wednesday. The dead were identified as Kristian Ferguson, 27, of Longmont, Colo.; Mary Lou Sammis, 58, of Huntington, N.Y.; and Betty Orrik Sapp, 63, of Melrose, Mass. The climbing trip was a lifelong dream of Sapp and her husband, William W. Sapp Jr., both physicists, said neighbor Jeannine Holden. The husband survived.