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Exploring the Foothills of the Atlas Mountains

While on vacation in Marrakech, we took a day trip to Amizmiz to hike in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. We visited a local souk, hiked five miles toward the mountains, had mint tea and a proper feast with a Berber family and then hiked back to town.

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Hiking Canyons in Mallorca: Torrent de Pareis

Just off the coast of Spain, Mallorca and its jagged limestone mountains offer some truly beautiful and challenging hiking. We signed on for a guided hike of Torrent de Pareis, a gorge that runs through the Tramuntana mountains to the sea. One way, this intermediate-level day hike was a beautiful way to spend a day in Mallorca.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 3

Crossing The Shira Plateau

We plotted a course straight at the summit cone and slowly crossed the massive lava flow known as Shira Plateau. And then everything started going wrong. The group pushed on to Moire Hut, and completed a slack-pack acclimatization hike. Then I was rocked with altitude-related nausea and headaches.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Day 7

The Summit Push

The air was crisp and still. Ice crystals formed over our packs and outer layers. The digital thermometer died in the cold and I was too miserable to pull my analog one out. It felt like it was in the single digits—which is actually quite good weather for this section of the climb. Our team of climbers, the guides and two summit porters slowly made their way through the night toward the summit another four-thousand feet above.

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Roof of Africa: Climbing Kilimanjaro

In Februrary 2016, Heidi and I set off for Tanzania. Our goal: Climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and tallest free-standing mountain in the world. This was a super-adventure for us.  Read our story, peruse the photos, or learn from the resources gathered in this section. 

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