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 [...]
Friday night I had quite an adventure trying to get home from a business trip. And as I flew through the darkness I couldn’t help but notice what my actions revealed about who I really am. And to be honest, I was a bit surprised. I was trying to get home after a business trip [...]
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.
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 [...]
Find out how others handled the planning and travel aspects of making it up Kilimanjaro and to Tanzania.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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