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5.0 out of 5 stars review of Kilimanjaro, 30 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Kilimanjaro - A Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain; Includes City Guides to Arusha, Moshi, Marangu, Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam (Paperback)
Henry Stedman's book on Kilimanjaro was an absolutely invaluable text on our visit to climb Africa's highest peak. It includes lots of practical tips and recommendations that would be useful for the experienced and inexperienced traveller alike. The advice offered around planning a climb up Kilimanjaro was incredibly helpful: Stedman provides really clear comparisons of the different agencies available, which is useful if planning a trip from home, but nothing short of a lifesaver when negotiating the agencies trying to sell you a trek out there. Although we walked the main route on the climb, it was really interesting to know our options and certainly it fuelled enthusiasm to return to try some of the lesser-know paths in the future.
Henry Stedman's book also gives information about the surrounding towns in the area (e.g Moshi, Arusha and Marangu), and city guides to Nairobi and Dar Es Salam. It's great to have all that info compacted into one book, rather than needing a different text for different legs of the journey. The book comes into its own on the trek itself - the clear maps and route planning are invaluable, and Stedman provides useful tips on looking after guides and porters, and thinking about the ecology of the mountain.
The book brings alive the delights of spending four days walking up Kilimanjaro, and provides a wealth of information about the history of the mountain, local culture and customs, and the plants and wildlife you'll encounter along the way. There's a photographic guide to flora and fauna included which is really helpful for identifying the species you come across. Stedman is clearly someone with a great passion for Kilimanjaro and African culture and his humorous and encouraging style means that you can't help but feel passionate about it too. He provides some fantastic quotes and extracts that bring alive the trials and tribulations of Kili through the eyes of long-gone mountaineers - it can be really encouraging to read about others' experiences on the mountain- especially when you're half way up it!
In short, this is a compact and affordable text, that provides all you need to plan and enjoy climbing Kilimanjaro. It's a delight for a practical guidebook to be so well written, witty and informative as well - it really was our bible on the trip. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Louise Payne
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2009 11:19:25 GMT
Affordable? It is listed as over £1000 ... have I missed something?!
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