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plus size kilimanjaro

I remember the first time I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro like it was yesterday.  It was hard, so SO hard.  I felt that the emotional baggage I brought with me on the mountain far outweighed the daypack I was carrying on my back.  I didn’t belong there.  I had never climbed a mountain before in my […]

There’s always a learning curve that comes with traveling to a new destination and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is no different.  Not every article you read will give you the information you REALLY need, the embarrassing, unexpected surprises you might experience while traveling.  I learned plenty of those lessons on the mountain and now I’m sharing […]

ultimate kilimanjaro packing list for women

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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