Monthly Archives: February 2011

By the numbers . . .

So, I’m sure you’re wondering as I am finally in  a country where I have the ability to work and earn money, how much has this all cost so far?  Am I personally rich (I wish), do I know about … Continue reading

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Out of Africa

I’m in OR Tambo Airport waiting for a departing flight for the 3rd time in 6 weeks, except this time, I’m leaving Africa. I’ve been here for 4 months and 2 days; to 5 countries, and have been through pretty … Continue reading

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Naysayers, Porters and Tipping

Naysayers – What Gear You REALLY Need There are lots of gear lists for what you need or should have to climb Kili.  The somewhat helpful staff at stores like Cape Union Mart and Outdoor Wearhouse (the SA version of MEC, … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro – Days 5 & 6: Descent

It was ipod time.  Cue the Awesomeness playlist since I was still too tired to pick anything else.  Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean blaring in my ears, I started practically bounding down the mountain, walk-dancing to the tunes and stopping every … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro – Day 5: Summit Day!

Summit Day, February 8, 2011: easily one of the longest, most exhausting, most challenging and most rewarding day of my life. Justin woke us up at 11pm: ‘Hey . . . guy’.  The Koreans, some of whom were staying in … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro – Day 4: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut

Day 4: Breakdown Day. I knew it was going to happen at some point and looking back, am glad that it was that afternoon and not sometime the next morning. We got up at 6:15 and ate our usual breakfast … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro – Day 3: Acclimatization Day

The morning of Day 3 was probably the most relaxed we were the whole trek.  We didn’t have anywhere to go, and spent the morning watching as other teams prepared to go up and down the mountain.  Porters sung songs, … Continue reading

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