Kilimanjaro

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I September 2012, my teenage son and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. That is how the book "Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life" was born two years later. Spending a week on that mountain was one of the highlights of my life. This board is a photo essay to accompany the book, and I hope it might inspire some of you to plan climbing Kili, as it is fondly called, yourself.

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The summit night climb. Here you see again how little ice is left, but boy when you're standing right next to it, there is still a lot of it! Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

The Machame Route, picture courtesy of Dudley. Here you can see what was evident after the first day: you circle and circle the mountain instead of actually ascending it, until you take a crazy stab at the summit on the last night. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Goddy a few months later, on his first ever trip outside of Tanzania when visiting Johannesburg. And what did he do? He sang us a song, just like on the mountain. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Lovely - the laundry pile back home. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Once a porter, always a porter. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Scenes from Moshi, the staging town for all Kili conquerors. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Time to say goodbye to Hillary. We later learned this was one of his last Kili hikes. He took on a job in construction in Dubai, which no doubt pays better but must be a sorry replacement for the free-spirited life on a mountain in Africa.  – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Here four of our five guides again. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Here we get our certificates. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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Back into the eerie rainforest. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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One final glimpse: See you again next time, Kili! Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

(Sir Edmund) Hillary and Max. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Day 7: Our porters dancing to their good-bye song. Jambo Bwana! Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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Our trusted toilet tent, which lost its top along the way as to provide better air circulation. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Some of the filth, after the first wash. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…

Here I am, filthy from head to toe, with still one more day to go before we got back to the hotel. Photo Gallery – Eva Melusine Thieme

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If you’ve read Kilimanjaro Diaries: Or, How I Spent a Week Dreaming of Toilets, Drinking Crappy Water, and Making Bad Jokes While Having the Time of My Life, you might like to see the accompa…