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Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain - 2nd Edition; Now includes Mount Meru Paperback – December 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications; 2nd edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873756917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873756911
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stedman's wonderfully down-to-earth, practical guide to the mountain, with excellent tips on preparing for the trek and a roundup of routes to the top."
-- Longitude Books (New York)

About the Author

Henry Stedman is a trekker of considerable experience, having hiked in the Himalaya (Nepal), the Yellow Peak Range (China), the Karakoram (Pakistan), the Chouf (Lebanon), the Cordilleras in the Philippines, Gunung Leuser in Sumatra and in the Ramonafana National Park in Madagascar. He is the author of The Rough Guide to Indonesia and Trekking in the Dolomites, Coast to Coast, and the forthcoming Hadrian's Wall Walk (all for Trailblazer).

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I encourage anyone wishing to climb Kili to read it.
Amparo C. Mcdowell
He told me before the trip that he was suprised how detailed the info in the book actually was....very helpful in planning and knowing what to expect.
Darla
The book is excellent, informative, and often humorous.
Jonathan Tetzlaff

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Tetzlaff on August 4, 2007
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I purchased the Second Edition (September 2006) of "Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain" in July 2007. Within a week (as I was sitting on airplanes far too often and had time to read), I had read the 300+ page book cover to cover.

The book is excellent, informative, and often humorous. The trail descriptions are detailed and precise, and the other guidance (medical, financial, logistical) is essential. With a little effort, I matched the trail descriptions to a superb map that I purchased at the same time and quickly gained an understanding of the various routes, options, outfitters, and issues. (The map is "Kilimanjaro Map," scale 1:62,500, 3rd edition, ITMB Publishing.)

One comment: there are many trails (or potential trail combinations) offered by the various outfitters and trekking agencies on Kilimanjaro, so you will likely find yourself flipping back and forth through the book to follow YOUR route. Give yourself time to absorb the book thoroughly. And be prepared with your highlighter and notepad close at hand so that you can identify the portions of the book most relevant to your specific route and itinerary.

If you're considering a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, or have a friend or family member considering doing so, you will find this book to be very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darla on September 28, 2007
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I bought this book as a gift for my brother John last Christmas because he had a trip to Kilimanjaro scheduled for July.
He told me before the trip that he was suprised how detailed the info in the book actually was....very helpful in planning and knowing what to expect.
When he returned after the trek he said the book was very accurate indeed. He showed me a few photo copied pages he had taken along with him.

Now normally he is not a big talker so for him this was like gushing about this book. I think this is THE book to buy if you are planning to visit Kili.
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This is a great book. I encourage anyone wishing to climb Kili to read it.

I climbed Kili and prior to the climb I learned all about the route I was taking (Shira Plateau). The maps are great.

I also went for the Lava Tower climb and the Reusch Crater, and as the book says: "If you reach the Ash Pit, you can truly say that you have conquered this mountain."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. Yost on March 14, 2009
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We bought this book in prep for a Kilimanjaro hike and safari to follow. We did quite an extensive search online and called a couple of travel agencies to look into packages for us. We wanted to make this as much of a cultural trip also, not just a U.S. company with U.S. guides telling us what they might happen to know about the place for an outrageous price. We also didn't want to get a company that is dirt cheap but doesn't have anyone that can tell you about the culture and history of Kili, the Serengeti, etc. I think the book gives you a good idea of what Africa, Tanzania and Kilimanjaro as well as the wildlife in the area is like. We have yet to take our trip, but from all the research we've done, this seems the most comprehensive, and is quite good if you are an information geek like I am. Otherwise, you can pick the parts out that you want and it is still a very good resource book for any small amount of information you might need. Fodor's Africa was horrible compared to this book. Don't get Fodors. Go to Barnes and Noble and review it quickly in the store and you will surely agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martinjm on April 27, 2012
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Fabulous source for everything Kilimanjaro. It covers all the basics and questions as well as has some maps. The pricing for the guides as well as those that are listed (I think there are a few quality companies that are excluded) that are in the book are a bit dated, but overall, a must read for those planning to hike Kili.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dan on May 23, 2011
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you need to read this if you are going to climb mt kilimanjaro. practical advice on all aspects of the trip, history of the mountain, country, 30 or so maps. you need this.
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