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The Right Way to Reach the Roof of Africa
on 18 March 2006
This is a superb book that contains all of the relevant material to ensure you have the best possible chance of reaching the summit of Kili. Tailored so as to be useful to experienced trekkers and those new to the pursuit, this book was invaluable on our trip. Packed with pre-departure tips and advice it ensured that we left fully prepared and aware of what awaited us. Useful information regarding each of the routes and contact details of agencies in the UK and Tanzania mean you can book in advance and do so safely. Once on the mountain the day-by-day descriptions of the routes are clear and concise and the mapping provided is excellent. Although we trekked the fairly frequently walked Machame Route, the book also contains detailled descriptions of the most often used path, the Marangu Route, as well as all of the less well known alternative routes. Background sections on Kilimanjaro's history, development and flora and fauna helped to bring our trip vividly to life as we tackled the ascent and provided a genuinely broad appreciation of the mountain. Colourful asides relating to the early pioneers who raced to be first to the top and their traumas put our own struggles in perspective and provided excellent inspiration. All in all, a superb overview and an essential piece of kit during our climb. You can't ask for anything more, so don't leave home without it!