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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
Was this part of a guided tour DrF. ? A safari ? The further I get from civilisation - I get more concerned for safety. Wild animals, clean water and getting lost ! Was this a family vacation ? You must be a "hardened traveller"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, By law, you can not climb or go on Mount Kilimanjaro without hiring a local "crew", which would include guide, cooks, porters. Most people do this as part of a travel package, as did I, which for me also included a week of wildlife viewing on the Tanzanian savanna. They take good care of you -- show you the way, warn you of dangers (mostly the altitude and dehydration), carry most of your gear and boil your water and prepare your food. So while remote, it was not a really tough...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
I think I'd go to the Zoo with your family Dr.F. Cola and some popcorn ! I believe if you join the Army you can run up these mountains for free ! I'm taking an easy seat until my pension starts. Take my hat off to you for this one !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Garry -- that's like saying stay at home with the kids and play in their kiddy pool instead of taking them to see the ocean. It was a hard but most fascinating trip. Standing on the roof of Africa, watching the sun rise above the clouds (which are thousands of feet below you) is an experience I'll never forget! But having done it once, I'm not going back anytime soon.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
We live near the ocean ! But yes - I take your point. Reminder - must buy a kiddy pool for all these Grandkids !
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 4, 2013: Sunset and Sunrise, Western Icefields, Mt. Kilimanjaro

DrFumblefinger ·
 I enjoy watching sunsets and sunrises whenever I can, mostly because of their beautiful light.  This particular sunset (above) was partially blocked by a thick convoluted mass of clouds below us, but the diffused and changing light were...
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KLM Flash Sale: NYC to Kilimanjaro RT for $798

PHeymont ·
If Mt. Kilimanjaro has been on your mind since reading Hemingway in high school (or if you've seen the movie), here's your chance. KLM has a 24-hour flash sale at $798 RT from NYC, or $848 if you're leaving from Chicago or DC. The fare is only...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 23, 2015: Dawn at Sheffield Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the most memorable mornings I've ever experienced was at Sheffield camp on the Shira route of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  When the sun set the night before, we were on a dry desert plateau around 15,000 ft above sea level.  When we awoke...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 1) Ascent to Shira

DrFumblefinger ·
(Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, viewed from the Shira plateau) Mt. Kilimanjaro has fascinated me ever since I read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro“.  Little did I know as a schoolboy that I would...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 2) Ice and Snow

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Fresh snow at sunrise, Sheffield Camp) We had ascended the western base of the volcano this past half week, had hiked through jungle and moorland, as I’ve described in a prior blog post here, and were now entering Kilimanjaro’s...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 3) Summit and Descent

DrFumblefinger ·
(Western Icefields, viewed from near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro) We had spent the past week slowly working our way up the slopes of Kilimanjaro via the Shira route, an experience I’ve previously described in blog posts here. ...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Mt. Kilimanjaro  was formed by fusion of three extinct volcanoes (Kibo — 19340′; Mawenzi –16896′; and Shira -- 13000').  There are several routes to Mt. Kilimanjaro's summit most of which are very steep, but get you...
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Re: KLM Flash Sale: NYC to Kilimanjaro RT for $798

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an amazingly good price. If you've ever wanted to see the incredible Ngorongoro Crater, this is your chance to do so.
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