Don’t Leave Africa Without It: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and staying at Barranco Camp

Climbing Kili is magical. For many people it's also life-changing. If you already live in Africa, especially at high altitude in Johannesburg, you'd do yourself a disservice if you didn't give the highest free-standing mountain in the world at least serious consideration. You don't need to be a mountain-climber. All you need is a spirit of adventure, and perhaps more importantly, a sense of humor.

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Join Me for a Live Interview!

Today's milestone will be my first live interview. No, not on the Daily Show, I'm afraid. Jon Stewart managed to be leaving just before I got famous enough for him to come knocking at my door. All the same, I'm very excited about this interview where I'll be sharing everything there is to know about Kilimanjaro Diaries.

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Give Me Another Mountain! (And a Cause)

I may have managed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but one thing I didn't manage to do was use my climb to raise money and awareness for a good cause. If you've read my book, Kilimanjaro Diaries, you'll know that I made light of the fact that all Kili climbs seem to attract people yearning to do good, and that I seemed to be the lone exception. Here is someone who does support a cause.

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Looking Back on 2014

Lots of stuff happens when you're an expat. You see new places, you meet new people, and you have plenty to write about. Then you move back home, and that year is kind of busy too. You pack and unpack household goods until they come out your ears, you get settled in new schools and places of work, and once again you have plenty to write about.

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Test: In Which Country is Mount Kilimanjaro? And Other Trivia.

You don't have to have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to be able to answer a bit of trivia about it. You don't even have to have read Kilimanjaro Diaries, though it does help a great deal. You will be an instant teacher's pet if you have. For instance, do you know how many attempts the first man to summit Kili undertook? What the record for its fastest ascent is? Who Johannes Rebmann was?

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Mt. Kili Madness

Just like climbing Kili, being involved with a sports team in one of the most impoverished townships in South Africa is incredibly difficult and rewarding at the same time. In both cases progress is very slow. You take one step at a time. Often the route is not direct and you find yourself circling the summit instead. I'm thrilled to bring two passions of mine together in one great cause.

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