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How to Choose the Best Suited Kilimanjaro Route for You

Each year, approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb the 5,895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest summit and the world’s highest free-standing mountain – around half of whom don’t succeed at reaching the summit. Although the climbing motives may change, almost everyone wants to reach the summit.Many elements contribute to the success or failure of summiting Mt Kili: how physically and mentally prepared you are, the gear you’re u...

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Climber Diaries: Hopes and Fears on Mt Everest

Visionary people have pretty inspiring goals, with some doing things like climbing to Earth’s highest summit – Mount Everest – resting at 8,848 meters above sea level. Since 1953, the year Sir Edmund and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay recorded history’s first ascent to the Everest summit, there are nearly 1,000 annual attempts at climbing to the summit, with an average of 500 people actually making it to the top. While the idea of climbing the worl...

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The Mountain Reintroduced Me To My Daughter, and I'm In Awe

As humans, we are naturally wired to reach out and connect. While we form many bonds and relationships throughout our lifetimes, there are many variables that define and shape those relationships such as the roads we tread together. In the 20 years of mothering Lina, my only daughter among five children, we have been through many ups and downs together; but of all that we’ve been through, I will always remember the time we climbed Mount To...

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Life Changing Stories: Salma Abdelbaky

Currently, a sophomore psychology major at AUC, Salma Abde El-Baky began her adventures earlier than many people, by the end of her high school year. On her first night in Kenya she found herself further than she had ever been before; in Kenya, trying to sleep in a cold tent, in Kenya, without her mother, in Kenya, surrounded by strangers amongst whom she was the youngest. “It was a harsh night for me,” she says, “especially because it was my fi...

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The Uncomfortable 'Comfort Zone'

I was bored. The workweek was killing me, but so were the weekends. I dreaded weekends; they lacked the routine I abused to distract me from thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life. I was living in my “comfort zone”, which oddly enough was uncomfortable and didn’t feel like a zone but more like a cage that no longer fit. My sister was telling me she had booked a trip to climb Mt Toubkal, and I don’t know what happened, but...