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At 5895 metres (nearly 4 miles) above sea level, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point on earth that a walker can reach. Success is not guaranteed, because each person's response to rapid altitude gain is different. But you can improve your chances by a wise choice of route and itinerary, by thorough preparation and by taking care of yourself on the mountain. The author provides information and advice about how to choose your route; how to prepare and what to pack; how to prevent and manage altitude sickness; first-hand detailed descriptions of Marangu, Machame, Lemosho and Rongai routes; background on Tanzania, its wildlife and economy; a special feature on climbing Mount Meru to pre-acclimatise; and a map flap showing all ascent routes. The book has over 60 colour photographs, opens flat and is printed on rainproof paper.
Jacquetta Megarry climbed Kili four times between 1999 and 2008, by Marangu, Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes. She has trekked at altitude also in Nepal, Peru and Morocco, and has taken part in medical research on how altitude affects climbers. She devised the Rucksack Reader format to suit the needs of long-distance walkers, and has also published a series of Rucksack Pocket Summits for those who wish to climb the Seven Summits.