Mt Kilimanjaro Stars and Camp at Lava Tower

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Tips, Gear Recommendations & What to Expect

…read through the CDC recommendations for Kilimanjaro. Altitude medications Altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS), can be very serious indeed, and it’s something to talk to your doctor about ahead of time. There are some medications that can help reduce the effects of altitude on the body, and it’s…

An Oasis in Texas

“How many Austinites does it take to change a light bulb? Four: One to change the bulb, and three to talk about how cool the old one was, before the yuppies came along and changed it.” [Joe Yonan, “Austin, Tex., Keeping It Weird,” Washington Post, 14 January 2011.] Austin is…

Bangkok City View at Night

Dinner on Top of the World

…added rooftop restaurants. And we’re not talking buildings that are two or three stories high. I took these photos during dinner at the Vertigo restaurant on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel. The restaurant is on the 61st floor. And this is the view. Not bad. Not bad at all….

Arco Chato at Iglesia Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo

Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

…things that local advocates pointed to when talking up Panama City’s seismic stability when the choice for where to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was down to a choice between Panama and Nicaragua. The Flat Arch did eventually fall–in November 2003–and has since been resurrected. On…

Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho Glades Trailhead Forest Trail

Lemosho Route / Day 1

Right, time to go for a bit of a walk. We’ve been talking about climbing Kilimanjaro for a couple of years. A lot of planning, ridiculous amounts of time and money spent at REI, and some long flights later, we’re here at the edge of Kilimanjaro National Park. The crew…