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East Africans are so “out of touch”

On a recent flight I overheard a gentleman seated behind me talking about some volunteer work he did in Kenya.  His church sponsors work to build wells in rural locations.  This is a worthy project and one I’m passionate about myself, with most deaths in the developing world a result of poor water sources. But […]

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Join a Kilimanjaro climb…in 1909!

I just heard about this project and HAD to share this story and images! Have you ever been on a flight and looked at a mountain thousands of feet below and wondered what its name is, whether it has been climbed yet, and if so, who was the first to do so? Using the Royal […]

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Kilimanjaro – What does the name really mean?

Over the years Kilimanjaro has become synonymous with exotic adventure. Yet, surprisingly, the powerful name has no agreed-on translation. In the local Chagga dialect it can mean “Mountain of Greatness” or even “Mountain of Caravans.” In Swahili, Kilimanjaro might be “Shining Mountain,” “Mountain of the Cold Devils,” or even the unlikely “Little Mountain.” The nearby […]

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Kilimanjaro legends – Chagga folklore

[This is an excerpt from Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa.] A local Chagga legend explains how Kilimanjaro’s 3 great peaks softened from treacherous lava formations to the more hospitable mountain we know today.  Long ago, there were two neighboring giant volcanoes in East Africa: Kibo was the taller and grander, while […]

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Meet Mt. Kilimanjaro…fascinating history of a mountain

[excerpt from Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa] One hundred eighty million years ago, the continents as we know them didn’t exist. They were jammed together in one big land mass we’ve since named Gondwanaland. Slowly the continental plates separated and the various land masses ground across the earth’s crust, expelling tremendous […]

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5 Ways Tanzania Changed My Life

Several years ago I flew off to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and try to impress a beautiful woman. In the end I failed to reach the summit, but I did impress the woman enough for her to marry me. It’s been years since my first visit to Tanzania and I long ago reached Uhuru […]

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5 Ways Kilimanjaro Changed My Life

My journey to the top of Africa changed my life Several years ago I flew off to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and try to impress a beautiful woman.  In the end I failed to reach the summit, but I did impress the woman enough for her to marry me.  It’s been years since my […]

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Help Tanzania Celebrate 50 Years of Independence

Tanzania turns 50 this year. Share your story with the people and President of Tanzania. Thousands of people like you and I have visited Tanzania over the last 50 years.  We each have our own stories about climbing Kilimanjaro, wildlife safaris and experiencing this beautiful culture.  On Dec. 9th 2011 Tanzania will celebrate 50 years […]

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The Amazing Kilimanjaro Porters

I was at work the other day and our leadership team was talking about how important it is that people feel empowered to make a difference.  One VP said we needed to see more “everyday champions.”  He meant we needed to see more ordinary people who just did their jobs well and made the company […]

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Tanzania Culture Club

I have to be honest here.  I love Tanzania culture.  Every time I go I get this feeling of coming home after a long time away.  The warmth of the welcome, the breadth of the smiles I see on people faces always seems to amaze me.   Tanzanian culture combines the warmth you might expect from […]

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Kilimanjaro Culture Club

The last time I visited Kilimanjaro and the people of Tanzania it felt like coming home after a very long absence. I felt their warm embrace and laughed with them as we caught up. But there has always been one part of the East African culture that has eluded me, the begging and solicitations. Tanzania […]

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New Kilimanjaro Book

The book is finally here! The Mountaineer Books has published my adventure travel narrative Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa. It’s an inspirational and sometimes humorous account of what it took an ordinary guy to reach the top of the African continent.

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Tanzania UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO just finished their annual meeting and added 13 new sites to their list of 890. “The World Heritage List includes 890 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.”I just love the way that sounds. If you’re having trouble deciding where to […]

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Treasures in Kilimanjaro

I tripped across this recent account of a 1978 Kilimanjaro climb. It’s fantastic to read what it was like for Bob McKerrow to ascent the mountain before it really became the adventure tourist destination it is now. But the best part is the folklore he uncovered in Ethopia. I’ve heard some interesting stories before, but […]

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Kilimanjaro; what's in a name

Another Kilimanjaro fact that seems to create a great deal of confusion is what the name actually means. I’ve seen writers define it any number of ways. But the fact is, no one is entirely sure of the origin or even the native language of the name itself.In the local Chagga dialect it could mean […]

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How tall is Kilimanjaro?

I’ve been writing this blog for a few months now and monitoring daily the web conversations and articles about Kilimanjaro to keep up to date. And I’m amazed at the variety of facts and figures people quote about this humble mountain. For the next few posts I think we need to clarify a few things […]

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Kilimanjaro photo wins contest

Sorry for the silence. I was out backpacking in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. I’m finally getting caught up now and had to share this. I know this is a bit off topic from our typical Kilimanjaro adventure travel and trekking related content. But this is a GREAT picture. Rob Bukar won the Imaging-Resource […]

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Kilimanjaro makes another top 10 list

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro has recently been recognized by Forbes Travel as one of the top 10 for amateur climbers. Take a look and get a few ideas for some other places to consider after you get back from Tanzania.

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Brief History of Kilimanjaro

Roy J Hinde of the Travel Zone blog has posted a nice, short geological history of Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as some of the thoughts on how the name came about. Check it out.

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Kili makes top 10 list

This month Backpacker Magazine posted their list of the Top 10 classics. Kilimanjaro rated along with Everest Base camp, Mont Blanc, Machu Picchu, Annapurna and more. Among their reasons it’s a “giant standing alone, Kili offers a view unlike any in the world.”They also offer some helpful tips (beta) to consider when planning your trip […]

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