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Look who made it to the top of Kilimanjaro this week!
November 30th 2007.
A new study looking into the causes and effects of altitude sickness, or AMS, is being launched on Kilimanjaro.
The study will take the form of questionnaires handed out to trekkers and filled out by them on a daily basis as they climb the mountain.
The researchers state that the questionnaire should not take more than 30 seconds to complete each day – presumably in recognition of the fact that knackered Kilimanjaro trekkers are unlikely to want to spend too long on filling out a questionnaire each day, having spent the best part of it walking themselves into a state of exhaustion on the slopes of Kilimanjaro...
November 29th 2007.
Perhaps the biggest star of Kilimanjaro, the colobus monkey is the most gorgeous of those species that call the mountain home. Easily distinguished by their beautiful coat of black and white and bushy, pendulous tail, it comes as something of a surprise to find that such a pretty creature actually derives its name from the Greek word for ‘mutilated’. The reason why it is saddled with such an unfortunate moniker can be found in its hands, because unlike virtually every other primate the colobus monkey is lacking a thumb...
November 23rd 2007.
A new website – and the news so many Kilimanjaro lovers have been waiting to hear has finally arrived too! KINAPA have confirmed that they are planning to reopen Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach Route! The hardest, or at least steepest route to the summit, the Western Breach was closed in January 2006 following the deaths of three trekkers in a rockfall. Though rumours have abounded that the route may soon reopen, until now those rumours have actually proved unfounded...
Monday 12th November 2007
News has reached me of a successful -
Thursday 8th November 2007
An ethical bank in the Kilimanjaro town of Moshi is starting to turn a healthy profit
as well as help some of the poorer members of Tanzanian society, according to reports
in Ecumenical News International.
The Uchimi Commercial Bank (UCB) was formed in 2003 by the Lutheran Church in the town, and currently 330,000 members of the church in Tanzania own the bank...
Wednesday 7th November 2007
A reader has brought to my attention the latest ad for gmail, google’s email system. The ad lasts for a couple of minutes and shows various people – and animals – transporting an envelope ...
Monday 5th November 2007
The Inspector General of police in Tanzania has promised to boost police numbers in tourist areas.
The announcement follows an attack last week in the Ngorongoro Conservation area in which ....
Friday 2nd November 2007
A graduate student from New York’s Syracuse University is looking to compile a digital ‘library’ of Kilimanjaro. The student, who for the moment...