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Category: Mountaineering

In the Hearts of Wild Men

In The Hearts Of Wild Men, by Ernest Herndon, tells the first-hand tale of a 1981 mission trip into the mountainous heart of Papua New Guinea.  It is a short book, 135 pages, written in fits and spurts while Herndon was recovering from a malarial fever. In the book, […]

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Mount Saint Helens summer 2018

Our next big adventure is Mount Saint Helens in Washington State! A buddy of mine sent me a note asking, “Wouldn’t it be great to climb Kilimanjaro AND Mount Saint Helens both in the same year!?!” I didn’t tell him, but my initial thought was, “Hell no!  Leave […]

Let the mountain think about you.

Kilimanjaro is a strenuous physical challenge under fairly extreme external constraints including altitude and cold.  But despite all that, Kilimanjaro has been called, “Everyman’s Everest,” implying that most people – even ordinary people – should be able to do it. The REAL challenge to Kilimanjaro is psychological.  That […]

The stars over Shira plateau

I know the Kilimanjaro stories are just barely trickling out – but don’t worry!  We have TONS of stories – probably months of stories from Kilimanjaro.  And we have lots and lots of photos.  This material is trickling right now because we are still processing – digitally processing […]

Kilimanjaro makes me gassy!

So, here’s something that you might not have read in all your pre-Kilimanjaro research – exposure to high altitude can make you feel extremely bloated and gassy.  Here’s how it works. Any gas that you get in your gut (like, for instance, eating unfamiliar foods) expands uncomfortably when […]

Tropical, sea-level, and flat

Don’t get me wrong, the Roaming Parkers loved Kilimanjaro and we had a blast on that trek, but let me give any would-be adventurers out there a bit of advice.  You probably can not stay blissfully married (like us 😉 if you schedule grueling, rigorous adventures (like Kilimanjaro) […]