Maybe it’s on your bucket list. Maybe you want to raise money for a good cause. Perhaps you’re a young adult touring the world looking for adventure, or a senior citizen hoping to prove that you’re not over the hill yet. Whatever your motivation, you have decided to climb Kilimanjaro. Now what?
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s great mountains; it’s the highest point in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain (not part of a range) on earth. Happily, its summit is within the reach of anyone in reasonable physical condition; it is technically no more difficult than a rugged mountain hike. Many people who set out to climb it, however, never reach the summit – I’ve been told that perhaps 50% of attempts fail.
I climbed a lot of mountains in my younger days, went on to gentler pursuits, and then, 20 years later, got to the top of…
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