Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Tackling Kilimanjaro.. it begins here..

It was decided during this long and cold month that next year my dad and I will be making an attempt on Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain and (apparently) the world's highest free standing mountain. I've already managed to collect a number of trekking brochures and guide books on Tanzania and the Kilimanjaro mountain, but what better way than to begin exploring it in a virtual globe?

Kilimanjaro in Google Earth
Looking over Kilimanjaro to the Serengeti plain in Google Earth.

Looking up Kilimanjaro over the Machame trail in NASA's World Wind
Looking up Kilimanjaro over the Machame trail in NASA's World Wind

Over the next year I'll hopefully be blogging about my preparations for this 'trek-of-a-lifetime' and I'd really apreciate if readers who have been there before left me comments and suggestions on what (and not) to do. I'll compile resources, hopefully plenty of Kili related KML and other Google Earth, Worldwind and other GIS'y related news items. And I'll try my best to take a GPS unit everywhere I go between now on my training preparations to the final step back off the mountain after our achievements (fingers crossed).

Also a quick mention to the Google Earth Blog who gave me my first bit of 'mainstream' blog publicity through the middle of January. Thanks Frank.

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Blogger Nick said...

Some Kili advice:

1) Drink water all the fucking time. Seriously.
2) Pace yourself getting up there.
3) Drink water all the fucking time.
4) Get Diamox if you don't have it already.
5) Have a good time. Take photos, but carry a light enough pack.
6) Drink water all the fucking time.
7) There's nothing to do in Arusha except for Khan's Barbecue and the UN War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda.
8) This is the best damn book to get: http://www.amazon.com/Kilimanjaro-Trekking-Africas-Highest-Mountain/dp/1873756917/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202252712&sr=8-1

And drop me a line if you have any questions. I learned a lot on the trip - it was fun.

5 February 2008 23:06:00 GMT  
Blogger SharpGIS said...

Cool. I'm planning the same thing myself. My plan is to do it around the time of the great migration, so I get to catch that as well.

6 February 2008 02:25:00 GMT  
Anonymous Frank Taylor said...

You're welcome! :)

7 February 2008 18:47:00 GMT  

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