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Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain (Trailblazer Guide) (Trailblazer Trekking Guides)
Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain (Trailblazer Guide) (Trailblazer Trekking Guides)
by Henry Stedman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the roof of Africa!, 1 Aug. 2014
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Back in 2012 a friend and I decided we wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but we didn't have a clue where to begin. "There's bound to be a book" I thought, so I had a look and plumped for Henry's; boy am I glad I did! My version was the previous one to this, and we only travelled at the start of July this year (2014), so it would be understandable if some things were a little out of date, or not mentioned at all. For instance in my book there is no mention of Fifi's restaurant in Arusha (on Themi Road which is just off Sokoine Road very near the clock tower) which is absolutely fantastic! The food is wonderful, and, most importantly, the bottles of Kilimanjaro lager are brought with a chilled glass! Delightful.

I digress. The book covers everything you can think of, UK based agencies, local agencies in the cities, as well as the cities/towns themselves, with hotel/lodge/b&b reviews restaurant reviews and maps to help you locate anything you want to find. There is equipment lists, advice on AMS, jabs, malari, and other such things. There is even a small Swahili/English section so you can pick up some basics to help you get by politely (and throw in 'poa kichizi kama ndizi ndana ya friji' in response to a street tout's standard 'jambo' and you might not get pestered quite so often. It's not rude - it means 'cool, crazy, like a banana in a fridge', but it might help convince them you aren't 'just another tourist')

All the routes up the mountain are covered in great detail, with daily route maps, telling you what you are likely to see, what routes are best and what things let other routes down. Henry is delightfully candid in his description of the long drop toilet facilities on some of the busier routes, which helps give the feeling that the book is written by 'someone like you' who is trying to inform you about what to expect as opposed to someone who just wants to sell books. you will also read about the flora and fauna, and the Chagga. Basically, everything is covered!

In the end, so impressed by the quality of the book, we ended up booking our entire trek and safari through Henry himself, and it was absolutely wonderful. This book is an absolute must for anyone with ambitions of climbing this most beautiful of mountains


Craghoppers Kiwi Men's Winter Lined Trousers - Elephant, 36 UK Long
Craghoppers Kiwi Men's Winter Lined Trousers - Elephant, 36 UK Long

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy them!, 12 Feb. 2014
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These are the second pair of winter lined Kiwi's I have bought, the first being from Go Outdoors. They are very warm, very comfortable, and very practical. The wait is partially elasticated making the fit comfortable and the belt is largely unnecessary but gives a good 'look' to the trouser. At first I thought the belts might actually be a bit flimsy and could break easily but they have proved very robust and I think (I could be wrong) the trousers can be washed without needing to remove the belt. Overall I would highly recommend these to anyone reading this review.


Anker Synthetic Leather Case Cover for Kindle Paperwhite with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Brown [18-Month Warranty]
Anker Synthetic Leather Case Cover for Kindle Paperwhite with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Brown [18-Month Warranty]

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Jan. 2014
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The brown one looks excellent, almost like a real leather bound book. It holds the kindle excellently and the magnetic clasp is strong and keeps the cover shut and the device in sleep mode. All in all a very nice, well made bit of kit. Highly recommended


Fusiliers
Fusiliers
Price: £5.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and enlightening, 21 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Fusiliers (Kindle Edition)
A very well written and well researched book. It is good to read something accurate about how the British lost America rather than the usual pomp and bluster that comes from the American version of events.


The Vanished Man: Lincoln Rhyme Book 5
The Vanished Man: Lincoln Rhyme Book 5
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The vanished man, 18 Aug. 2013
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Brilliant. I can't believe it has taken me this long to get into Deaver' s books, they are superb. Five stars


The Lincoln Rhyme Collection 1-4: The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair, The Stone Monkey
The Lincoln Rhyme Collection 1-4: The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair, The Stone Monkey
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engrossing, 4 Aug. 2013
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Four fantastic books, the bone collector is far, far superior to the movie version. My favourite of the four books is probably the coffin dancer, though each is a great read, plenty of action, twists galore. Just thoroughly great reads!


CamelBak Stowaway Bag - Black, 100 oz
CamelBak Stowaway Bag - Black, 100 oz
Price: £42.21

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, 29 July 2013
I am preparing for a trek up Kilimanjaro and decided i needed to buy a good quality, large capacity hydration system. I also knew that it would need to be insulated if i intended drinking from it on summit night, trekking across the glacier. Obviously i haven't actually done that yet so it is impossible for me to review it's insulation qualities. However in every other respect this bag is bang on.

I had read reviews on other sites stating that the tube was not long enough, but those people must have been putting this in their backpack upside down or something. I have a Berghaus 24/7 25ltr backpack (Berghaus Twentyfourseven Backpack Jet Black and i was a little concerned that the hydration pack might be a bit big for the compartment in my backpack designed for the hydration system. I was wrong (take note; i was only just wrong, this bag JUST fit into the 25ltr backpack, anything smaller and it probably wouldn't have fit). It turned out to be pretty much the exact size of the hydration system compartment. Getting the bite valve through the hole in the top of the back pack was a bit of a squeeze, but nothing major. The pipe was a good length, and reached over my shoulder and to somewhere near the top of my sixpack (if i had one i mean).

As for how it feels in the bag on your back; superb! No sloshing when walking, no slipping of the system leaving you with weight on one side of your body and not on the other. It is going to make such a refreshing change not to have a two litre bottle of water falling over in the backpack when out on a long trek! It would also, in my opinion, suit cyclists and joggers, it is that steady.

Also, the cap on the bladder is large making filling a fast and easy process, and it makes cleaning it out relatively easy. There are arms around the cap that fold down to help air the bag out once it is empty and you want to dry it out, and the quicklink system to detach the hose from the bag is again very simple, and works brilliantly.

You might have guessed already, but i am EXTREMELY impressed by this hydration system.


The Cruel Sea
The Cruel Sea
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars The Cruel Sea, 13 April 2013
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An honest, accurate, touching and exciting account of life on-board escorts during the battle of that Atlantic. A must read.


Walks from Grasmere (Lake District)
Walks from Grasmere (Lake District)
by HandiHikes Ltd
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, pocket/palm sized, easily understood, 17 Sept. 2012
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I bought this and two other maps of areas in the lakes that i plan on walking and as a novice map reader i felt i could have been a little out of my depth. However these maps are great, they are simple, easy to read, and there is a handy map reading guide on one side once the map is unfolded. They are also waterproof, clearly printed so even reading some of the smaller information on the maps isn't too taxing, and they fold down to about the size of a post-it note.


Walk to Helvellyn from Glenridding (Lake District)
Walk to Helvellyn from Glenridding (Lake District)
by HandiHikes Ltd
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, pocket/palm sized, easily understood, 17 Sept. 2012
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I bought this and two other maps of areas in the lakes that i plan on walking and as a novice map reader i felt i could have been a little out of my depth. However these maps are great, they are simple, easy to read, and there is a handy map reading guide on one side once the map is unfolded. They are also waterproof, clearly printed so even reading some of the smaller information on the maps isn't too taxing, and they fold down to about the size of a post-it note.


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