Less than 2 months…

•December 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Since there are only a few weeks until Rube and I depart to Tanzania, here are some fast facts about Kilimanjaro:

Elevation: 19,340 feet (5,895 meters)
Location: Tanzania, east Africa
First Ascent: Hans Meyer (Germany), Yoanas Kinyala Lauwo (Tanzania), and Ludwig Purtscheller (Austria) on October 5, 1889.

Fast Facts:

  • The meaning and origin of the name Kilimanjaro is unknown. It is thought to be a combination of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning “mountain,” and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as “whiteness,” giving the name White Mountain. The name Kibo in KiChagga means “spotted” and refers to rocks seen on snowfields. The name Uhuru translates as “freedom,” a name given to commemorate Tanzanian independence from Great Britain in 1961.
  • Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and fourth highest of the Seven Summits, is considered the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, rising 15,100 feet (4,600 meters) from base to summit.
  • Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.
  • Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. The mountain was built by successive lava flows. Two of its three peaks—Mawenzi and Shira—are extinct while Kibo, the highest peak is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was only 200 years ago.
  • Kilimanjaro has 2.2 square kilometers of glacial ice and is losing it quickly due to global warming. The glaciers have shrunk 82% since 1912 and declined 33% since 1989. It may be ice free within 20 years, dramatically affecting local drinking water, crop irrigation, and hydroelectric power.
  • Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometer Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that encompasses every ecological life zone including tropical jungle, savannah, and desert to montane forests, subalpine plants, and the alpine zone above timberline.
  • Kilimanjaro was first climbed on October 5, 1889 by German geologist Hans Meyer, Marangu scout Yoanas Kinyala Lauwo, and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller. After reaching the summit, Meyer later wrote that they gave “three ringing cheers, and in virtue of my right as its first discoverer christened this hitherto unknown—the loftiest spot in Africa and the German Empire—Kaiser Wilhelm’s Peak.”
  • Kilimanjaro has five common routes to its highest summit: Marangu Route; Machame Route; Rongai Route; Lemosho Route; and Mweka Route. Machame and Lemosho routes are popular and scenic. Marangu is easiest and busy although the last ascent to the crater rim is difficult.
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro is easy and requires no technical climbing or mountaineering experience. The biggest challenge and danger is the high altitude. Climbers die from improper acclimatization and altitude sickness rather than falls.
  • Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.
  • The fastest verified ascent time was by Italian Bruno Brunod in 2001. He climbed Uhuru Peak from Marangu Gate in 5 hours, 38 minutes, and 40 seconds. The fastest round-trip time was by local guide Simon Mtuy who ran up and down on December 26, 2004 in 8 hours and 27 minutes.
  • Mount Meru, a 14,980-foot volcanic cone, lies 45 miles west of Kilimanjaro. It is an active volcano; has a snowcap; lies in Arusha National Park; and is often climbed as a training peak for Kilimanjaro.



Favorite Songs…at the moment

•November 11, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So I really don’t have much to say, other than that I’ve been addicted to the following songs:

So what are your songs of the moment?

It’s been awhile

•October 23, 2008 • 2 Comments
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Like I said in my first post, this blog would be quite sporadic. Anyways, it seems that there is much to update people on, not really. I just haven’t posted in a month, pretty much everything else is the same.

Well to begin with, I’m now 24 years old!!! I know, I know, what a huge accomplishment. To make it in this sick, sad, world to 24 years of age is a big deal. How come I don’t feel any different? Haha. I have to say, this birthday was a pretty good one. My boss and his wife got me some killer stuff from Williams Sonoma which made me really happy. Then my parents got me a new tennis racket! I’ve been looking around for a decent one for a few months now, I just never got around to buying it. To top it off, my brother got me the TomTom Go930. This thing is amazing and I’ve been using it everyday. It’s basically a cell phone, GPS, iPod, and secretary all in one package. It even reads out text messages from my phone through the speakers of the car! How awesome is that?!??!

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I am in love

•July 31, 2008 • 1 Comment

It is true folks. I never thought it would happen, but I am in love.

It’s funny how things turn out the way they do. I didn’t have a job for awhile and that was just a bit stressful but I was okay with it. Then I finally get to work with great people and enjoy what I’m doing, and my car breaks down. So with the bad comes the good, and good comes the bad. With that said, I introduce you to…

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New Job and More…

•July 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This past Tuesday, I started my new job as Operations Manager at Cho Educators in Holmdel, NJ. Essentially, this is a start up test prep company, despite the fact that the owner has been doing this for six years or so.

The office is in a beautiful area of New Jersey (yes, it’s possible) and is quite large. There are two large classrooms, a lounge for the students, a lounge for the parents, an office for the founder, and then an office I currently share with the Executive Assistant…

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Lakehouse in Upstate NY

•July 30, 2008 • Leave a Comment

So this past weekend, I went to Finger Lakes with a bunch of old friends and some new. Overall, the weekend was a blast. We started late Friday night since I had things to do during the day, Julie had to get home from work, and Valeria came down from the city so she could ride with us. Some reason, in all of our minds, we thought that the ride would only be about an hour long. However, after 6 hours of driving, we finally made it to the beautiful lake house. Amara and some of her friends were already there so we chatted it up for awhile. Then the rest of the crew came and we pretty much called it a night…
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Success is eminent!

•July 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
-Persian Proverb