I read this book in preparation for our own Kilimanjaro climb scheduled for September 2020.
Alexandra penned Kilimanjaro Uncovered in real time while preparing and during her climb on the Northern Circuit, a little-known hiking route away from the crowds to the top of Kilimanjaro.
She provides valuable guidance for those interested in climbing themselves and tells a broader story of a truly life-changing experience.
Alex is a rookie mountain climber. She over-prepares. Is cautious and thoughtful about every aspect.
The book is very informative for anyone who has never done a serious multi-night tent trip.
I admire her courage in planning that big adventure on her own. I admire her honesty and vulnerability sharing fears and problems on the trek, big and small.
Alexandra Tanbai made the summit. In fact everyone in her guided party made the top though one had a serious ankle injury. No helicopter was available for evacuation.
Less than a year after publishing Kilimanjaro Uncovered, Alexandra founded KiliGATE.com—the first and only online Kilimanjaro tour booking platform committed to responsible tourism.
Her goal—make it easy for tourists to book their climb with a responsible tour operator and promote fair porter treatment.
I do feel this book is too long.
It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats.
In advance of a trek to K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro Pass, I’m doing some reading about those insane alpinists that dare to climb the second highest peak in the world.
So much tragedy.
The 1954 Italian Karakoram expedition finally succeeded in ascending to the summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. …
… 23 years after the Italian expedition, Ichiro Yoshizawa led the second successful ascent, with Ashraf Aman as the first native Pakistani climber. …
The third ascent of K2 was in 1978, via a new route, … by an American team led by James Whittaker …
I recommend K2: Life and Death on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain. (2010) by Ed Viesturs.
Ed’s the Mount Rainier alpine guide who went on to become the most accomplished American high altitude climber.
Cautious and lucky, Ed survived 30+ expeditions to the world’s highest peaks. And he’s climbed Rainier over 200 times.
The world’s most travelled hiker, Cam Honan, has 3 coffee table books in the series.
Ideal inspiration for future hikes, click through to check them out:
Click PLAY or watch a TV feature featuring Cam on YouTube.
Strathcona Provincial Park (1911) contains the highest peaks of the Vancouver Island Ranges. Some notable mountains located within the park boundaries include:
- Golden Hinde (2198 m)
- Elkhorn Mountain (2166 m)
- Mount Colonel Foster (2129 m)
- Mount Albert Edward (2093 m)
Exploring Strathcona Park is the best guidebook. It’s not inexpensive, but worth it. Great maps. Colour photos. Comprehensive coverage.
Author Phil Stone is truly an expert.
I plan to be spending quite a bit of time in Strathcona over coming years working towards establishing a possible coast-to-coast Vancouver Island route.
Laura Waters spent 6 months on the trail. Her hiking partner quit on the first day.
Orca Books publishes some of the most popular day hiking guidebooks.
Hiking Trails 1 (Victoria area)
Hiking Trails 2 (south/central Vancouver Island)
Hiking Trails 3 (northern Vancouver Island)
I’ve been using Trails 2. It’s the 9th edition (2010) and has been well tested.
Maps could be better. But the information provided is clear and succinct.