Posts tagged "Joe Campagna"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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Chicago's Top 85 Restaurants - 2014

Chicago's Top 85 Restaurants - 2014
Another year has come and gone, the restaurant scene in Chicago has continued to be robust with many openings big and small. There were a few fan favorites that closed, most notably Hot Doug’s that made more than a few camp out as if life itself would end if they didn’t get one, last bite.... Read more »

Food Fun Friday - Chicago!

Food Fun Friday - Chicago!
The week before Halloween and everyone was preparing for their slutty costume weekend coming up. What is everyone dressing up as? What’s the candy of choice to be given out? Remember no pennies and no local fruit…candy because it’s for the kids! I hope everyone has a fun weekend. I know next weekend will be!... Read more »

My Jean Banchet Award Ballot and Utter Confusion

I’ve never quite understood what the Jean Banchet Awards were exactly. I know the awards are named for famed local chef Jean Banchet. Chef Banchet, for those who don’t know, was the first “celebrity chef” in Chicago. He took our Paleo Midwestern palettes to another world with Le Francais in 1973. One could argue he... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday

I hope everyone had a fun post Marathon week. I know I’m enjoying it immensely! Some fun food events coming up and a big one for Charity with the Meals on Wheels event. I hope everyone has a fun weekend. Between Bites bridges the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling. Food memories shape our personal... Read more »