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Photograph courtesy of Tropical Ice Limited
Tanzania + Kenya
Beyond Kili

In the ’70s and ’80s, Rick Ridgeway was on a tear: He became one of the first Americans to summit K2, joined the second U.S. expedition to conquer Everest, and dragged a 250-pound handcart across a Tibetan plateau. But perhaps his most outlandish idea was to climb Mount Kilimanjaro . . . and keep walking all the way to the Indian Ocean. In 1997 he did just that, publishing an account of his journey, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro. Since Ridgeway’s feat—which included the first west-east crossing of 11,000-square-mile Tsavo West and East National Parks—Tropical Ice Limited has been retracing portions of his 300-mile route. Now owner Iain Allan, who served as Ridgeway’s original guide, will organize the first full trek from mountain to sea. You’ll begin with a Kilimanjaro ascent via the Umbwe route (the most scenic—and challenging—option), drop down into Kenya, hike through Tsavo West and East National Parks, and finish at the Indian Ocean. Ridgeway may or may not make a guest appearance, but you’ll be in good hands. “We become a part of the African bush experience,” Allan says. “Each day we enter it more deeply, fears of it are rationalized, senses are heightened, and we begin to understand it on its own terms.”

Outfitter: Tropical Ice Limited;
Price: $12,500 ($$$$)
Length: 24 days
Departs: September

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