Climbing Kilimanjaro: Journey to the Summit

After preparing for my Kilimanjaro climb, here are some of the highlights from my trek. Day 1 – 4.3 miles/2,067 ft ascent (6.7 km/630 meters) 6:30 am Last hot shower at the hotel is not hot. There also isn’t any water. This is a most displeasing send-off. 7:30 Meet my fellow hikers: 2 Canadians and 3 people from the UK. They all seem like strong hikers. 3:00 After a 4 hour drive, a 2 hour delay with our permits, and a tasty lunch, we... Read More

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Prepared for the summit? Tomorrow morning, I will begin what will be a, 49.8 mile (80.2 km), 7 day trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), it is the highest peak in Africa, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and will be the tallest mountain I’ve ever climbed — that is, if I succeed. According to the National Park Service only 30% of climbers reach the peak. And keep in mind, some estimates suggest that more... Read More

Living in a Treehouse

When you’re signing up for something called the Gibbon Experience it’s not hard to understand why you might have the impression that you’ll see gibbons. And that’s probably why they tell you it’s really unlikely. Yet, Sasha and I gladly signed up for what has been our most expensive activity to date. Black gibbons are apes with really long arms and relatively small bodies. They live in the third or highest canopy of... Read More

Amphitheaters Should Have Escalators

From our room we have a pretty killer view of Batad – a tiny village surrounded by a massive amphitheater of rice terraces that are 2,000 years old. But we wanted to get a closer look by hiking through them. In addition to the photo slideshow above, we have a piece of digital wizardry that plots our location, so you can view our hike in 3D if you’re into that kind of thing. Check out the Google Earth embed below the post. Zoom in and... Read More