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Saturday, January 15, 2011

MOUNT KILIMANJARO

I would like to thank Irene and Arturo Loria Gonzalez for sending me some incredible photos of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Some of you will recall my blog of 29October2010 reporting on the primary reason I went to Africa on my most recent around the world adventure, which was to drop off part of Pearl's ashes on Mount Kilimanjaro.  Well, it was cloudy and I never did get a good photo of the mountain.  Irene and Arturo were the first two people I met on the Tauck Tour through Tanzania and Kenya, and, I guess they sat on the side of the plane that allowed Arturo to take these photos below:


I also only had with me a SONY that was the size of a cell phone.  Arturo had a "real" camera.  For the record, I did recently purchase a SONY Nex 5A, which is still tiny, but this one now has the capability to switch to a zoom telescopic lens:

Who knows, perhaps I'll join Ed Jurkens on a second safari to the southern part of Africa, including Botswana, our antipode (if you pass a straight line from your location through the center of our planet to the other side, that is your antipode).  Here is a map of your antipode:

You can also click on Antipodes Map to find yours.  I find it particularly interesting that, if you live in the Continental United States, you don't have any land antipode.  It is not China or Africa, but the Indian Ocean.  Bet you didn't know that?

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3 comments:

climb kilimanjaro tours said...

Hello,
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Climb Kilimanjaro Routes said...

Great pictures.

6 KEYS TO CHOOSING MT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING ROUTE
To choose the right Kilimanjaro Climb route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of.
Who: Who is climbing? The whole group's abilities must be factored into choosing a route. The rest of the party is relying on your decision. Pick a route that best fits everyone.
What: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheap/expensive routes, and short/long itineraries.
How: How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? These answers will affect which route is for you.
Where: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety.
Why: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick the most scenic route.
When: If you are climbing during the dry season, great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb's difficulty.
So Which is the best route to use to climb up kilimanjaro? Lemosho Route and Rongai Route are the most scenic routes up kilimanjaro. Mt Kilimanjaro Machame route is also a scenic and very popular route with many climbers.
The Marangu Route Climb is however the most used route since it has the advantage of sleeping in huts with bunker beds, hot showers, beverages and beers in the evenings are also available. Marangu is also the shorter route and can be done in 5 days although an extra day for acclimatisation is recommended.

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