Tuesday, December 4, 2012


It's almost the new year, and I'm getting older, and someone asked me about my bucket list recently.  I didn't have one.  Now I do.  I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

I've been learning a little about it and with Africa more than just a hop away, it's an expensive idea.  There's the transportation issue and then the cost of the organized - and obligatory - trek guide (some pay as much as $5K).  Oh - and it's sorta important to be rather fit.  After all, you are hiking for 7 days to reach the summit at 19,336 feet!  It is the world's tallest walkable mountain and hikers go through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit.  It really does sound amazing and so bucket-list-worthy.  Who wants to join me?


  1. I'm all in. I wonder how soon someone in their 7th decade should start training.

  2. Just had dinner with a neighbor who made the climb, his advice: how ever much training you think you need to do...double it.