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Machame vs Rongai Kilimanjaro Routes

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  But planning such an adventure can quickly get overwhelming as you decide which tour operator and route to choose, what gear you need and how you’re going to train.  I’ve already covered the daunting Kilimanjaro packing list and shared my beginner […]

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I left the mountain and there’s been a lot of thoughts and emotions I’ve had to unpack since then.  The first time I climbed Kilimanjaro I felt like I left a lot of emotional baggage on the mountain but this time it sort of feels like the opposite.  I’m […]

countdown to kilimanjaro

I can’t believe it’s January.  It still feels like November to me, like the holidays and Stink’s birthday haven’t occurred yet.  But here we are in the new year and suddenly my trip to Tanzania is staring me straight in the face. I’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming lately, wondering what this trip is […]

plus size kilimanjaro

I remember the first time I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro like it was yesterday.  It was hard, so SO hard.  I felt that the emotional baggage I brought with me on the mountain far outweighed the daypack I was carrying on my back.  I didn’t belong there.  I had never climbed a mountain before in my […]

There’s always a learning curve that comes with traveling to a new destination and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no different.  Not every article you read will give you the information you REALLY need, the embarrassing, unexpected surprises you might experience while traveling.  I learned plenty of those lessons on the mountain and now I’m sharing […]