Tag Archives: Africa

Day 2 on Kilimanjaro

Day 2 followed what would be our typical schedule so I’ll lay it out in a bit of detail to show what most days were like. Our “Kili alarm clock” went off at 6am… our waiter, Severin, was outside our tent calling out “Hello, Hello” until we unzipped it to retrieve our coffee, tea or hot chocolate from him. We had been awake for awhile as the camp had come to life around 5:30 with other campers packing up. Our warm “water for washing” (a couple of inches deep in a 14-inch diameter plastic tub) arrived about a half an hour […]

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Day 1 on Kilimanjaro

Our day started with the hearty breakfast buffet at Legendary Lodge in Arusha, including coffee fresh from the plantation. The Lodge is situated on a working coffee plantation; the grounds are lovely, lush and tropical gardens, and the Jacaranda trees were blooming. This coffee is so good that even if you normally drink your coffee with milk and sugar, you don’t need it here. Sweet and chocolatey and rich and yummy. We then set off on a 3 hour drive through Tanzanian countryside and villages to the Rongai Gate of Tanzania National Park. We arrived at Rongai Gate and while other […]

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Pretending we’re still in Africa. Where in the World is Kilimanjaro?

Hi everyone, and thanks for following our adventures, and for all your great comments and encouragement. Real-time blogging about Kili, the Great Migration and the Mountain Gorillas didn’t happen the way we intended, and it has taken us longer than we thought to get ourselves organized enough to catch up on the blog now that we are back home. Sorry about that! But we’re going to ‘turn the clock back’ on the blog and fill you in on our incredible time in Africa now… just pretend we’re still there! 🙂Here’s a little context on the geography around Kilimanjaro and the […]

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We Stood on The Roof of Africa

We made it to the top of Kilimanjaro Monday, the highest point on the African continent. A truly epic adventure, we started summit day at 3am, watched the sun rise over Mawenzi, reached Uhuru – Freedom Peak – at 10am, took pictures on the summit for about 20-30 minutes… at 19,340 feet!!!! – and were back at Kibo Hut Camp at 1pm for lunch. After a quick nap, we headed out again at 3:30pm for a 3 hour hike down to Horombo camp. A total of 4,000 feet up, 7,200 feet down on Monday, and another 6,000 feet down to […]

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Up up and away!

It’s hard to leave the beautiful grounds of Legendary Lodge in Arusha (more on that next week!), but we are soooo excited to start our climb up the tallest mountain in Africa….Kilimanjaro! Quick preview: Hiking the Rongai Route Outfitter is Nature Discovery Trip created by Khashana Adventure Travel: www.khashana.com Guide: Pendael Asst Guide: Godlisten Cook: John Waiter: Severin Asst waiter: Musa Campsite manager: Ernest Porters: tbd Day 1: 6500 ft to 9300 ft Day 2: 9300 to 11,300 Day 3: 11,300 to 11,800 Day 4: 11,800 to 14,500 Day 5: 14,500 to 15,800 Day 6: 15,800 to 19,300 SUMMIT!!   […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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