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Category: Mountaineering

The Sky Below by Scott Parazynski and Susy Flory

This is the story of Scott Parazynski, a medical doctor, astronaut, mountain climber, and Olympic athlete. Scott Parazynski was John Glenn’s personal in-flight physician in 1998 when Glenn returned to space at age 77, and Parazynski was also the spacewalker that famously and most dangerously repaired an energized […]

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How to train to climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro has been called “Everyman’s Everest” because it is not a technical climb.  It can be done by mere mortals without ropes and crampons and special climbing skills.  But do not let that lull you into the idea that you don’t have to be prepared.   Kilimanjaro is […]

Kilimanjaro is excellent!

Last week I wrote about Kilimanjaro in pop culture and the likely influence that pop culture had in my desire to climb Kili. There is another pop culture reference that does not mention Kilimanjaro explicitly, but which I think bears greatly.  That is, believe it or not, Bill […]

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Kili in pop culture

Last week on the Roaming Parkers blog I began trying to answer the question, “Why Kili?”  That is, why would anyone in their right minds want to take a 24 hour plane ride to the other side of the planet in order to schlep up the side of a […]

Why George Mallory climbed mountains

As we were getting ready to climb Kilimanjaro in January 2018, I started thinking about why people climb mountains in general. Surely you’ve heard, in response to the question, “Why do people climb mountains?” the famous quip, “Because it’s there.”  Did you ever wonder where that expression came […]