Notes from the Trail: Kilimanjaro, Day Two

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Big Tree Camp to Shira Camp 1
• Elevation: 9,498-11,500 ft (2895-3810 m)
• Distance: 8 km
• Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
• Habitat: Heather Moorland

After leaving Big Tree Camp, today’s trail meandered its way up and down and through a montane rainforest similar to what we had experienced on Day One’s hike. The morning temperatures were crisp, but we warmed up nicely once we got moving. Even so, we were surprised to discover a layer of frost on the leaves in the lower valleys. (more…)

Notes from the Trail: Kilimanjaro, Day One

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Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp)
Elevation: 7800-9500 ft (2360-2895 m)
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After a pleasant breakfast in the open-air restaurant of our hotel in Moshi, we were picked up by our guides, Rashid and Rama. At Rashid’s insistence we stopped by an outdoor gear shop in town to rent additional cold weather gear—snow pants and a heavy down parka. After freezing on top of Mt. Meru, we were easily convinced that the extra layers would make our experience on the summit of Kilimanjaro considerably more pleasant.

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Tanzania: Ready, Set…Wait!

CollageIt’s amazing how all the excitement associated with starting a new travel adventure can be completely squashed by the airline industry. Whoever said “Getting there is half the fun” was definitely not talking about boarding commercial aircraft. Word to the wise: ALWAYS pack a spare set of underwear whenever you take a multi-stop international flight.  (more…)

How to Shoot Vacation Videos like a Pro (Almost…)

Disclaimer: The following post really has nothing to do with hiking, photography or the natural world, but its intent is to improve the quality of videos for future travels, so we hope you will allow us to indulge…

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Do you ever find yourself innocently clicking on articles on the internet only to find yourself wondering what happened to the last eight hours of your life? Personally, I seem to fall down this rabbit hole more often than I care to admit, and this weekend I found myself victim to this bad habit once again. Here is what happened: (more…)