Previous Button Next Button



Benuzzi, Felice.

No Picnic on Mount Kenya. New York: Dutton, 1953

Not exactly the height of relevance, because this is a different mountain in a different era (Second World War.) Nevertheless close enough to give an interesting flavor. A book showing its age, but that was part of the fun. Strangely compelling.


Bissell, Tom

New York Times Magazine, October 26, 2007


Video diary of Kilimanjaro climb. Now here's a website I covet. Tom took pretty much the exact route up that we did, and his graphics are the best I've ever seen. Check out "page" 2, with its video-game-like flyby of the entire route.


Hemingway, Ernest.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro; The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber; Many publishers 1938


Almost entirely irrelevant, but how could you not read this first?


Matthiessen, Peter.

The Tree Where Man Was Born. Penguin Books, 1995


Every trip I try to save one book to read "on site" so steeping myself in the experience even during down-time. The good news is that there was no downtime on Kili. The bad news is that therefore I only got a quarter of the way in. The worse news is that I still haven't had time to finish it. But I'm enjoying it, and I never met a Matthiessen I didn't like, so I'm recommending it anyway.


Moushabeck, Michel.

Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa; Interlink Publishing Company; Northampton MA, 2009


Steve Ippolito and I went to a lecture by this author and his wife the photographer. We bought signed copies of the book for the team. I thought he was full of BS and reading the book did nothing to change that. Nevertheless his wife's pictures were great, and I'm glad we supported the bookstore's efforts to reach out.


Stedman, Henry.

Kilimanjaro - The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain. 3rd Edition; Trailblazer 2010

  Far and away the most readable, informative, and best of all, amusing, guide to trekking Kili. Not just recommended, essential. Also available on the interweb.
Thomson, Joseph. Through Masai land.

Never got around to finding this, but if Brother Joseph wrote it, it needs to be in the biography.


Thomson, Robyn.

Blog, 2010


I read a lot of blogs, but this one found by Mick's news crawler was by far the best. Not that I'm biased or anything. Seriously, of course the name got my attention in the first place, but the reference is here on its own merit.





Previous Button  

Copyright © 2010 Richard Thomson

  Next Button