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“Like a herd of elephants on the African plains, the subject of tipping is a bit of a grey area..”
Henry Stedman has written a well-researched, comprehensive and easy to understand guide book to climbing Kilimanjaro. But it is the ocassional quirky comment (as above) that somehow transports this book from being another good guide-book to an interesting read.
The book published by Trailblazer, has sections that cover all of the must-knows including excellent detail on planning the trip such as whom to book the trek with, budgeting for the trek, route options and what to take. It also has good sections on the natural history of Kilimanjaro, its flora & fauna and its people. The hand-drawn maps that give a good deal of information on trek routes and topography will obviously help prepare the trekker well. All in all, a good book to buy, if you want to climb Kilimanjaro.
Of course, the book is primarily for a British audience – so if you happen to be travelling from India (as I imagine many of the readers here would be), there are gaps in information that will have to be filled in. For instance, details on flights into Kilimanjaro or tour operators at home that you can book your trek with. But, that is a minor quibble when you consider the huge amount of valuable information available in the book.
Getting up the Kilimanjaro is not as tough as climbing Everest. In fact, it is essentially a walk and not a climb. Having said that, the book does alert one to the reality that it is no cakewalk – a few people die each year while trekking up the Kili. And so when the book listed Contraceptives as one among the 14 ‘essential equipment’ for the trek, I was a bit surprised. Cannot see that being used on the trek. But maybe there is something I don’t know. And that, Henry’s book isn’t telling.