Coffee Talk with Sparrow Coffee

Coffee Talk with Sparrow Coffee
Coffee to me has gotten super confusing! Growing up Joe Dimaggio, “the Yankee Clipper” was “Mr. Coffee” and made brewing coffee look easy with the push of a button. You could easily imagine him using it every morning especially when he was married to Marilyn Monroe! Today coffee runs the gamut from the morning pick... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 6 - The Ascent

Sunrise on the Mountain
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Karanga Camp – 15,331 ft End – Uhru Peak – 19,341 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 13,820 ft *Stella Peak – 18,885 *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Sleeping at a point higher than any in the lower 48 states. Distance –10 total... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 5 - Getting to Base Camp

Terrain has become very rocky.
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Karanga Camp – 13,300 ft End – Barafu Camp – 15,331 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 9,820 ft *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Sleeping at a point higher than any in the lower 48 states. Distance – 2.8 miles – total distance... Read more »
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Kili Day 4 - The Baranca Wall

The summit is getting closer and the sun is out! Good morning Mr Sun!
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Baranca Wall – 13,044 ft End – Karanga Camp – 13,300 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 7,920 ft *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Denver is 5,470ft Distance – 3.2 miles – total distance traveled so far about 17.3 miles Time – 4... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 3 - Higher than Rainier

We're going how far?
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Shira Hut – 12,500 ft End – Baranca Wall – 13,500 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 8,120 ft We hit a high elevation on the day at 15k feet during our hike. This is higher than any point in the lower 48 states in the... Read more »

Kilimanjaro Day 2 - Shira Hut

the terrain gets steeper!
Machame Route – 7 Days  Start – Machame Camp – 9,350 ft End – Shira Hut – 12,500 ft – Total Elevation gain from start – 7,120 ft *Chicago is at 573 ft above sea level. Denver is 5,470ft Distance – 3.3 miles – I think this is more point-to-point than also considering the elevation.... Read more »
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Kilimanjaro Climb - Day 1

Our First Look at the Mountain
Machame Route – 7 Days Start – Machame Gate – elevation 5,380 ft End – Machame Camp – elevation 9,350 ft Distance – 7 miles Time – 6.5 hours Terrain – Jungle Gremlins – None Our day began at the hotel getting picked up by our guide JT in a van just big enough for... Read more »

God Save the Kilimanjaro Porters!

Our support team of 2 guides, 1 cook and 18 porters!
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the “7 Peaks,” ie it’s the tallest peak on the African continent. To climb Kilimanjaro, you need to be in moderately good shape and mentally ready to deal with the altitude you’ll be climbing to – 5,985 meters, or 19,341 feet. It’s rated the 4th most prominent peak in the... Read more »

Why Climb Mt Kilimanjaro?

When people would learn I was setting out to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mt Kilimanjaro, the majority would ask, “Why are you doing that?” My answer came in two forms – “Why not?” or “because it’s there.” Life is an adventure! Being a realist I really hope there’s a magical being that created... Read more »
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Happy Martin Luther King Day - jesuisearthling

Happy Martin Luther King Day - jesuisearthling
The past two weeks I’ve literally been off on a mountain! I was completely cut off from most of humanity with literally almost an hour or two of technology (email/text check-ins) but no TV, news or radio. That all changed when I started my journey home. The whole tech blackout was very 1990 amazing.  I... Read more »