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Sep 132011
 
Kilimanjaro's Rain Forest

We had a great day trekking to the Machame Camp on Kilimanjaro today.The day began with a quick breakfast then about an hour drive to the Machame Gate. The slow drizzle at the hotel had increased to a driving rain as we checked in with the park officia…

Sep 132011
 
Pictures in the Moshi Market - maybe

Stepping off the jet at Kilimanjaro airport, medicine it was dark. The night air was warm, try a bit humid but not too much. We moved like a long eel towards the immigration officers. They checked our documents, took modern scans of our finger prints, for what reason I am still unclear, and most importantly took our valuable US crisp dollar bills. The usual anxiety of lost luggage went away as one by one each duffle or suitcase appeared on the carousel. Met by our IMG guide Eben, the team gathered outside the simple air terminal, exchanging names knowing we continue reading

Sep 132011
 
The Edges of Kilimanjaro

As I flew from Amsterdam to the Kilimanjaro airport, I looked out my window of the KLM 777 marveling at the stark contrast of the brown islands against the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Edges. My (almost) next to the last climb of the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything had begun. I had met two of my teammates, order Jeannie and Joe, illness at Schiphol as they journeyed from the US, now we were on the 8 hour flight to central Africa. I have now seen “edges” on almost all the continents. Sometimes easy transitions from continue reading

Sep 042011
 
Kilimanjaro Gear

I leave for Kilimanjaro in a few days and have all my gear packed. My previous descriptions and videos of the gear I am using for the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s has been popular so I thought I would do one for this climb. Believe it or not, I have added a couple of new items that I needed for the unique nature of a Kili climb but otherwise will use most of the same gear I have on the previous 5 climbs. There is one huge exception – no crampons, ice axe, harness or other technical gear. It continue reading

Sep 022011
 
Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Memories

Kilimanjaro: The roof of Africa; 19, 340 feet; one of the world’s highest volcanoes and my 6th climb in the 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories are Everything. I leave for Africa in a few days. While this climb is considered a “walk-up” in that you climb via well worn trails alongside local porters who carry all your main gear; it is serious high altitude and not to be underestimated. Thus I have continued my training after returning from my last climb; the summit of Europe’s highest Elbrus at 18513′ a few weeks ago. I find Kilimanjaro intriguing not only continue reading