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Ali Riley at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
September 8, 2014

Standing on Top of the World: Ali’s Umbwe Route Trek

Thomson staffer Ali Riley recently had the chance to experience one of the most challenging routes up Kilimanjaro: Umbwe. This is the story of her experience.

September 3, 2014

Head and Shoulders Above (Most of) the Rest

The Topographical Prominence of Kilimanjaro

There are a lot of ways to measure a mountain’s prowess. Overall height is a common yardstick (and hopefully not determined BY a yardstick), as is technical difficulty, but there’s one measure all but the…

August 20, 2014

Sleep Right! Picking the Right Sleeping Bag for Kilimanjaro

Getting enough sleep on the mountain is an important factor for summit success…but it can be hard. It’s going to be cold on Kili, and buying the wrong bag—or using it incorrectly, and missing out on some…

Alice at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
August 6, 2014

I Stood on the Roof of Africa

A Guest Post by Thomson Trekker Alice Liles

In 2007 I decided I wasn’t getting any younger, the world wasn’t getting any saner, and if I ever planned on seeing Africa, this was the time to do it. I also decided, and to save my life I can’t remember…

Mountains of the Moon
July 30, 2014

Kilimanjaro: Snow-Capped Source of…The Nile?

Ancient knowledge of the world was spotty at best, and often based on many-times-removed hearsay. Historians and geographers often relied on muddled accounts, mythical tales that somehow made their way across…

Chagga tribe
July 23, 2014

Ancient History: What We Know (And Guess) About Kili’s Earliest Inhabitants

We often talk about how the Chagga people have traditionally lived on and around the slopes of Kilimanjaro. But they haven’t always lived there; according to their own oral traditions, their people either…

July 16, 2014

Superlative Summits: Kilimanjaro’s Most Unique Summiteers

Only one climber—Hans Meyer—got to be the first to officially summit Kilimanjaro. Since then, however, many others have left their mark on the mountain. Whether they’re doing it younger, older, faster, or under extreme conditions, these record-holders are definitely amongst the most noteworthy Kilimanjaro summiteers in the mountain’s history…

Top 5 List Kilimanjaro
July 2, 2014

Top Five Reasons to Climb Kilimanjaro

An early Everest climber, George Mallory, long ago laid claim to the most obvious (and snarkiest) reason to climb a high mountain: “because it’s there.” But why climb Kilimanjaro? For one thing, it’s one…

June 25, 2014

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: The Barranco Wall

Though it’s a demanding portion of the trek, most trekkers are thrilled that they get to experience the Barranco Wall; even without the physical exertion, the view from the top is stunning enough to get…

Headlamps light the way for Kilimanjaro night time summit bids
June 18, 2014

Night Owl or Early Bird: Nighttime vs. Daytime Summits on Kilimanjaro

Both daytime and nighttime summiteers will start at Barafu camp, but their experiences will unfold a bit differently… Depending on the route you take up the mountain, your summit bid may be a 10-15 hour…

June 11, 2014

How Kibo and Mawenzi Came Apart

A Kilimanjaro folktale

We often talk about Kilimanjaro as though it’s a single mountain, but in fact, it’s made up of three separate volcanic cones. And when we say separate, we mean separate—the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi…

June 4, 2014

Will Your Trek Lead You Up Kili…or Down to the Underworld?

As far back as you can go, cultures around the world have traditionally believed in some sort of life after death. Often, there are two possible ends, and where you wind up is determined by your actions on…

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