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Travel Reading Series: The Biography of an Everest Icon

Friday, March 16th, 2012

When people think of Everest icons, climbers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner come to mind, but behind the scenes there is another beloved icon working long, hard hours each climbing season. Her name is Elizabeth Hawley. While Ms. Hawley has never climbed Mount Everest, she could describe the mountain to you in such detail that you would never believe that she hasn’t even been to Base Camp. Since 1963 when she reported on the American Everest Expedition, she has been collecting and archiving information about Himalayan climbs making her the leading expert on the subject. This month our featured book is her biography called I’ll Call You in Kathmandu: The Elizabeth Hawley Story by Bernadette McDonald.

Read the full book review here.

You want to meet Ms. Hawley? Join our 2013 Spring Everest Expedition!

Book Review: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Shadow of Kilimanjaro is a fascinating book about a 250mi/400km walk from the summit of Kilimanjaro all the way to the Kenyan coast.

Shadow of Kilimanjaro

The walking team included a variety of interesting people including the book’s author, Rick Ridgeway. Most of this epic journey traveled through remote national parks and protected areas putting the team face to face with all kinds of wildlife from lions, hippos, and crocodiles to the less intimidating ungulates and birds. They also saw elephants – lots and lots of elephants.

Read the full review here.

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The expansive plains of East Africa

Join us for an African Adventure of your own! We still have a few spaces open on our 2012 Kilimanjaro trips and safaris are available on request year-round.

Visit our Wildlife Safari homepage and Kilimanjaro homepage.

Travel Reading Series: Two Books about the Seven Summits

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Anyone with any interest in mountaineering today has heard of the infamous Seven Summits – the highest point on each of the seven continents. But just 30 years ago, no one had ever heard of such a concept and only a few had even thought about it. No one had achieved the feat.

To learn more about the seven summit climbs, I read two books this month. The first is Beyond Everest: Quest for the Seven Summits written by Pat Morrow and published in 1986. The second was Seven Summits: The Quest to Reach the Highest Point on Every Continent edited by Steve Bell and published in 2000. Both books were fascinating and helped me to understand just how difficult these climbs can be.

To read the full book review click here.

Start your own quest for the Seven Summits and join one of our upcoming expeditions:

Aconcagua, Argentina, South America

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  • January 14-February 3, 2012
  • January 12-February 1, 2013

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

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  • January 20 – February 2, 2012
  • July 13 – 26, 2012
  • September 1- 14, 2012
  • December 21, 2012 – January 3, 2013
  • December 28, 2012 – January 10, 2013
  • January 18-31, 2013
  • February 8-21, 2013

Mount Elbrus, Russia, Europe

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  • June 29, 2013-July 14, 2012
  • June 28, 2013 – July 13, 2013
  • June 28 – July 13, 2013
  • July 12-27, 2013

Mount Vinson, Antarctica

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