Tag Archives: hiking

Day 3 on Kilimanjaro

Day 3 dawned beautifully. We had a very leisurely walk from 10,200 to 10,800 and the Kikelewa Cave campsite. We walked ‘pole, pole’ (pronounced pole-ay, pole-ay) … very slowly. Here’s a great explanation of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), and how to acclimatize to prevent it.   http://www.ultimatekilimanjaro.com/acclimatization.htm We played “Who Am I?” along the way (one player thinks of a person, the others try to be the first to guess who it is, asking only ‘yes/no’ questions). I even tried to tell my ‘pirate walks into a bar’ joke, which was an adventure in and of itself as it took […]

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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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Meet our Kilimanjaro Team

Have you heard this one? How many Tanzanians does it take to get 4 Dallasites up a mountain? 31. And I am NOT joking. Granted, 2 of those extras were for the Trieb Mahal (more on that later), but even with our best efforts to pack minimally, this little trek takes a VILLAGE to pull off, because what you bring with you as a trekker is just the tip of the iceberg. The porters carried not only our luggage, they carried the sleeping, dining, and toilet tents; the chairs and tables used in camp; the gear needed to cook meals […]

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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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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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