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.
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