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Kilimanjaro – Follow your dreams to the top of Africa

We all have dreams.  And many of us have those dreams we’ve been nurturing for years, just waiting for the right moment or excuse to take action and go for it.  That’s what Kilimanjaro was like for me.  I had dreamed about climbing Kilimanjaro for years before I finally got off my butt and went.  […]

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Lost in Korea at midnight – the importance of planning

The other night I was on the last flight to arrive at the airport for the night.  The concourse was silent except for the soft shuffle of our feet as we all rushed to get our bags and go home.  Looking around at the dark stores and empty seats it reminded me of a late […]

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5 Ways to Save on Climbing Kilimanjaro

Every time I do a Kilimanjaro presentation people ask about how much it costs and how they might save some money.  So here are a few suggestions I’ve come up with over the years and after my own research. 1.  Fly with Ethiopian or South African Air These days the biggest expense is definitely the […]

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Which Kilimanjaro Route is Most Popular? You might be surprised.

(Kilimanjaro statistics are very hard to come by and I’ve been unable to verify the ones below from Rubel.  Having said that, these are pretty consistent with what I’ve heard.  But without verification, please take them with a “grain of salt.”) Author: Rubel Zaman The Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities (KINAPA) are renowned for not releasing […]

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5 Training tips to climb Kilimanjaro

One of the most common questions I get is “What is the best way to train for Kilimanjaro?”  Having failed to reach the summit on my first climb, I spent a lot of time learning about what it takes to reach the top of a big mountain like Kilimanjaro. In addition to this great training […]

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4 Dangerous Ways to Save Money on Kilimanjaro

At first I was thrilled to see  USA Today doing a piece on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  However, as I read the article about saving money while climbing Kilimanjaro, I was not only unimpressed, I was downright concerned.   Climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t cheap.  But there is a fine line between saving money and risking your safety.  And, […]

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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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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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Climbing Kilimanjaro and running marathons

On my last climb up Kilimanjaro I was joined by a  number of folks including Paul, who had trained by running three marathons leading up to the climb.   Three marathons!  I couldn’t believe it.  In spite of severe stomach problems and altitude sickness he still made it to the summit.   For a while I’ve been […]

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Adventure make you sick?

When most people think about Africa they tend to worry about bad water and malaria. Should you? Yes, and no. Both represent a real concern that should be taken seriously. But if you take a few minor precautions you can avoid any problems with both. And by the way, most places tourist stay already do […]

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Planning & Travel

Find out how others handled the planning and travel aspects of making it up Kilimanjaro and to Tanzania.

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When is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best months to climb are between July-September and December-February. There are 2 rainy seasons in East Africa: the long rains are from late March until June and the short rains are from November until January. “Short rains” means that it rains once or twice a week and “Long rains” means that it rains almost […]

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Good packing suggestions

Africafreak offers some good ideas to consider when packing for your climb. I particularly like his points about how to pick out boots and some of the key features. As you may remember, I’ve been ranting that boots are probably the most important piece of equipment you’ll take to Kilimanjaro. Socks also go in this […]

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The best jacket to climb Kilimanjaro?

Outside Magazine’s own gear girl suggests taking a look at the newly invigorated Eddie Bauer line with their First Ascent jacket. She also introduces Westcomb Cruiser, a company I’m not personally familiar with.A good shell jacket is critical on Kilimanjaro. As I’ve pointed out before, temperatures fluctuate greatly on a daily basis. In the morning […]

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Kilimanjaro virtial tour

Larry Ferlazzo’s post last week reminded me of the New York Times’ virtual tour of a climb up Kilimanjaro via the Shira route. If you’re looking at another route have no fear. At the Shira plateau the Shira, Lemosho and Machame routes all converge. So after that they’re all the same.I like the details on […]

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Renting gear to climb Kilimanjaro

I’ve had a lot of customers ask about renting equipment for climbing Kilimanjaro. Some simply need a warm sleeping bag while other are looking for a full outfit including jackets and boots. My advice to the latter group is always the same, bring your own personal gear.Hiking 10+ miles per day, sleeping at over 10,000 […]

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2nd most important equipment

After my last post about the importance of boots I was reminded about another critical piece of equipment. On our last climb my friend Mike neglected to put on sunscreen or lip protection. By the end of the day his face was a deep shade of crimson; a bit painful but easy enough to live […]

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Your most important equipment

I recently took a week’s vacation to backpack the trans-Zion trail and visit Bryce National Park (both were amazing). I tried to cut my pack weight down to the bare minimum and spent a lot of time thinking about what gear was nice, necessary or critical. I came to the conclusion that the most critical […]

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Skimping on gear for the mountain

I have been catching up on a few blogs I follow and came across Kristin Hostetter’s advice about which gear to skimp on. She suggests that if you need to skimp somewhere, go with a cheaper with a sleeping bag. Not only is this good advice for your regular backpacking trips, I think it applies […]

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Kilimanjaro water unsafe?

A recent backpacker returned from Kilimanjaro with water samples to test how well it was being filtered and treated on the mountain. In this case, the answer is not well at all! As a result a number of climbers became ill. While I’m only aware of a few cases where climbers got sick on the […]

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