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So you’re thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro, eh?  Maybe you’ve even booked your trip, bought your plane tickets and marked the big Summit Day on your calendar.  But now the real work begins: researching what to bring and what to leave behind. The porters who carry your gear up the mountain have a weight limit of […]

climbing kilimanjaro overweight

220 pounds. That’s how much I weighed the morning I set out to climb Africa’s tallest peak.  I was by far the heaviest woman in our group and, I’d soon discover, the heaviest woman on the trail.  I knew I wasn’t exactly in the best shape of my life but what I lacked in strength […]

kilimanjaro playlist

I was a little torn between bringing my iPod on Mount Kilimanjaro with me or leaving it at home.  Some people firmly believe in unplugging from technology on vacation, especially if that vacation includes communing with nature on the tallest mountain in Africa.  But I also knew how challenging this climb would be for me […]

whoa travel review

Last spring, after a particularly brutal New England winter, I was going through a bout of depression.  I booked a last minute trip to Boston to partake in the Women in Travel Summit and there I met Danielle and Allison, the owners of WHOA Travel.  They were sponsors at the event and had a lovely […]

clouds of kilimanjaro

One of my very first memories was about travel. My parents separated when I was just an infant and at the age of three I boarded a plane with my sister and mom to visit my dad in Texas.  It was my first time flying and I vaguely remember the large airport windows and the […]

Well guys, I’m back from Tanzania and I’m proud to say that I made it through 7 days of hiking and summited the tallest mountain in Africa. Well, kind of. I made it to Stella Point, roughly 150 meters below the summit.  I just could not find a single ounce of energy to trek another […]

It’s hard to believe that in less than a month I’ll be leaving for Tanzania.  Nerves are running high, not just because I’m going to attempt to climb the highest mountain in Africa but because I’ll be traveling solo for the first time.  Sure I’ll be climbing Kilimanjaro with a large group of adventurous women but […]

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