New York Times Takes Us Up Kilimanjaro!

Ok, this is very cool. The New York Times has posted an excellent interactive Kilimanjaro climb to their website that is a really great way to experience what climbing Kili is all about.

The interactive climb is a companion to this article written by Tom Bissell about his Kilimanjaro climb. The article is a long one, with lots of nice details including profiles of the other climbers in his group.

Tom climbed along the Lemosho Route, which is one of the lesser traveled routes and is marked with plentiful wildlife on the lower levels. The article itself is very well written and offers an accurate account of what you can expect on Kili.

As I noted however, the “companion” to this article is the amazing interactive elements that have been included. While a bit slow to load, it’s certainly worth it once it does. You’ll get a 3-D map of the route up Kilimanjaro, video footage from various points along the way. They’ve even shown Tom’s heart rate and oxygen levels at the different camps on the mountain as well.

All in all, I’d say that the article and interactive climb combine to be one of the best online options for what to expect of your Kilimanjaro experience. If you’re planning a trip to Africa’s highest peak sometime in the near future, it’s definitely worth reading and looking at, and even if Kili seems like a far off dream, the multimedia elements here will make it seem a little more real. Very cool stuff.

This comes via the always excellent Best Hike Blog.

Kraig Becker

12 thoughts on “<i>New York Times</i> Takes Us Up Kilimanjaro!”

  1. You’re right! He mentions Marangu in the same paragraph, and when I went to write the post I forgot he said he was taking Lemosho. I’ll correct it in the post. Thanks!

  2. Yep! It is pretty cool seeing shots and video of others on Kili and knowing exactly where the are at and what they had to go through to get there.

    Kili holds a special place in my heart. At least until the next adventure. 😉

  3. Good question Wade! Still have a few things percolating in my brain and trying to coordinate with some friends this time around. I hope to have a good plan in place for “What’s Next” in a few weeks time. There are just too many to choose from!

    How about you? Now that you’re done with the Inca Trail, what’s your next adventure?

  4. I’m where you are. Still juggling ideas. My to-do list has the Himalayas on there. But that’s a pricey venture.

    I may revisit my days of heading out west and peakbagging in CO or CA. You’re definitely right when you say there are too many to choose from 🙂

  5. That’s funny, because the Himalayas are high on my list as well. I’d love to trek the Annapurna circuit or even go up to Everest BC.

    Perhaps we should put together an Outdoorzy/Adventure Blog travel group to get discounts. 🙂

  6. HI
    There are certainly a lot more details to take into consideration, but thanks for sharing this post.
    Kilimanjaro have the right company to help guide your trip will be the most important factor in a successful and enjoyable climb.

  7. Incredible opportunity to conquer Kili….

    Really cool! The article in the Times was great, too!

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