On the Hunt for Big Cats

After my hot air balloon ride, I meet back up with Amy and Abdul at the visitor center and we head out for our morning game drive. Today we’re looking for cats! I was lucky enough to see a cheetah on my balloon ride, but Amy hasn’t seen one yet, and both of us want…

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The Pride of the Serengeti

So we’re here. In the Serengeti. No big deal. Except it is!! And I’m about to spend 3 days here! This is like, THE place to go on safari. When you think “safari” you always think “Serengeti”. Always. We drive 2 hours on a hot, dry, bumpy road (or free massage, as Abdul calls it)…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 7 & 8: The Summit

10:30pm. It’s dark. It’s cold. Fortunately there’s little wind. Amy and I crawl out of our warm sleeping bags. We get ready in our tent by headlamp. We slept in most of our clothes so we only need to add our top layers. After a quick bite to eat and some hot coffee, we’re ready to…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 5 & 6: Barranco Wall and Acclimatizing

Today we tackle the Barranco Wall! This is the Barranco Wall. It’s nearly 1000 ft of almost straight up climbing. More of a scramble than hiking, requiring us to use our hands to get over several obstacles. It’s one of the most challenging parts of the climb, besides summit night, especially since I agreed to…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 2: The Shira Plateau

Day 2 takes us up into the moorlands of Kilimanjaro. It’s much longer (6 hours) and more challenging hike than day 1, so we get an early start. I didn’t sleep well the night before, and I realize it’s because I was still wearing the same sweaty clothes I arrived to camp in so I…

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Kilimanjaro Climb Day 1: Into The Jungle

Oh my gosh this is it. It’s here. Our first day of our climb up Mt Kilimanjaro! We’ve been planning and training for this trip for over a year, so it’s really hard to believe that we’re actually heading to the mountain to begin climbing it today. We’re meeting our guide Innocent at 830am, so…

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Our Kilimanjaro Climb…An Overview

If you’re looking for a general overview of my climb up Mt Kilimanjaro, this is the post for you. I’m not going to go into too much detail here, or post a ton of photos, but I will give a brief description of each day, and a link to each post (eventually) for more detail…

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To Tanzania We Go!

It’s here! I can’t believe that, after a year and a half of planning, training, talking and obsessing, I’m finally on my way to Tanzania to climb the tallest mountain in Africa! We arrive Thursday night in Dar Es Salaam, fly to Kilimanjaro on Friday and begin our ascent on Sunday! Whenever possible, I will…

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