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Kilimanjaro Diaries by Eva Melusine Thieme is about climbing the highest mountain on an entire continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The preparations for this trip, starting with an internet survey, began well in advance, including practicing with climbing boots for the last three months before the trip. The trip passed through dark forest and inhospitable trails and followed a route with good success rate: The Machame Route – also called Whiskey Route. The book mentions an eerie silence there for company, though that is a bit disquieting; concentration is fully on the climb. On the sixth day of their climb, they spot ‘Congratulations! You are now at Uhuru Peak 5895 M A.M.S.L.Tanzania’ and take a return route only used for the descent.
Kilimanjaro Diaries by Eva Melusine Thieme gives a vivid description of the planning behind the trip, specially the ‘pee’ problem and its solutions. The diary closes with an interesting situation; I certainly won’t be envious of it. This book also contains information regarding a packing list and tips on routes and climbing seasons, as well as many web links, making it a good reference material for this trip. An interesting, educative and fun filled narrative replete with adventure.