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I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.

Is the Umbwe Route the mountain’s best-kept secret?

When the latest set of statistics were given out by the park authorities recently, one figure in particular stood out like the proverbial sore thumb. With 47,232 people climbing the mountain every year these days, it seems incredible that only 589 of them - around 1% - chose to do so on the Umbwe Route. [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Advice|

Which nationality climbs Kilimanjaro the most?

Once again I am very grateful to the Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities, KINAPA, for supplying the most up-to-date statistics available for which nationalities climb Africa's highest mountain the most. I’m not sure how reliable they are, but they are the best we can get; plus, to be fair, on this matter at least they do [...]

By |December 10th, 2017|Statistics|

Maximise your chances of getting to Kilimanjaro’s summit

There's no doubt about it: getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is largely a matter of luck. After all, the main reason why people fail to get to the top is due to altitude sickness, and whether you get this or not is largely a matter of luck. Nevertheless, if you're going to climb Kilimanjaro, you [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Advice|

Woman agreed to climb Kilimanjaro thinking it was in Wales

Just in case you missed this one, earlier this month several UK newspapers reported the story of a woman who had agreed to accompany her daughter on a climb up Kilimanjaro - only she thought it was in Wales. Apparently, Nikki Barnett, from Nuneaton, had always had trouble pronouncing Welsh place names and so assumed that, because she [...]

By |September 21st, 2017|News Bulletins|

New record for oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro!

It's finally been officially confirmed that Dr Fred Distelhorst, a retired orthodontist from Vail, Colorado, has become, at 88, the oldest person ever to climb Kilimanjaro. Dr Distelhorst climbed with his grand-daughter, Ellen Edgerton, who was already in Tanzania volunteering for a charity project. The duo took six days to climb Africa's highest mountain, finally reaching the [...]

Deaths on Kilimanjaro: the true statistics

It is almost impossible to ascertain with any degree of accuracy the number of people who die on Kilimanjaro each year. The one organisation that knows the exact body count, KINAPA, the park authorities, doesn’t want to release this figure, for fear that it would impact negatively on the number of people who climb the [...]

By |August 14th, 2017|Statistics|

Benefits cheat jailed after climbing Kilimanjaro

Mark Lloyd, 33, an ex-soldier from Pontypridd in South Wales, was today jailed for 20 weeks for benefit fraud. Mr Lloyd claimed that he was unable to walk more than 50m in order to claim thousands of pounds in disability benefits - yet during this time he then spent on activities such as climbing Kilimanjaro and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2017|News Bulletins|