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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 […]

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 […]

climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

A few months ago I wrote a post about doing something big before my 35th birthday next summer.  At first my sister and I planned to run a half-marathon at Disney but that quickly fizzled out.  Then I decided to either hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in […]

For the past 3 months I’ve been contemplating a solo adventure.  With my 35th birthday coming up next year I’ve had this fierce desire to accomplish something great, to scale a mountain or run a marathon or just do something that required strength, perseverance and no small amount of courage.  Something that I had to […]