August 8, 2005

Kilimanjaro - Vital Statistics

Height: 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet
Location: 3°04’ South Latitude, 37°21’ East longitude; although it’s close to the Kenyan border, Kili is completely in Tanzania

More at the 7 summits site

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August 7, 2005

Blogging Kilimanjaro

I just made the decision to climb Kilimanjaro in January 2006 with a bunch of friends. It’s the largest freestanding mountain in the world and should be a rather challenging experience.

I’m going to be blogging (and perhaps podcasting) about the journey as well as all the preparation I’ll be making for the trip. I’ll be starting my diet and training programme from tomorrow - it’s going to be rather rigourous and I’m hoping to shed a few pounds. I saw Kilimanjaro when I flew over it in 2003 on my way to and from Uganda and I’ve attached a pic below.

Kilimanjaro from my the seat of my Kenyan Airways flight

Mount Kilimanjaro peers through the clouds

Of course the first thing I did when I found out I was going was check out the view from Google Earth. I’ve linked to the KMZ files below and will also be creating a KMZ file detailing our intended route when ascending and descending the mountain. Note, you’ll need Google Earth installed to open the KMZ files below.

After successfully reaching the summit and returning we’ll be spending a couple of days in Zanzibar soaking up the rays and perhaps doing some diving.

Kilimanjaro - Google Earth, Google Maps
Zanzibar - Google Earth, Google Maps

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August 6, 2005

Springboks top Tri-nations table after victory over All Blacks

Had a great afternoon watching the South Africa vs New Zealand Tri-Nations rugby game which took place at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town today (Check out these stadium pics via Google Maps and Google Earth).

Having spent most of my life living in Southern Africa I was obviously routing for South Africa. After watching New Zealand’s recent dominance over the British and Irish Lions I was expecting a good game and it certainly was. At the end of a tightly contested first half SA led 16-13 and managed to extend and hold on to their lead into the second half, finally winning 22-16.

The end result of the SA vs NZ game on Sky Sports

South Africa now tops the Vodacom Tri-Nations log with 8 points. Looking forward to next weeks game in which the Wallabies take on New Zealand.

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