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Tragedy on Mt. Everest

Like all of you, we at Real Life Adventure Travel are deeply saddened by the recent tragedy on Nepal’s Mount Everest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those who were lost in the avalanche. Without the Sherpa guides whose courage, training and quick thinking many more lives would have been lost.

We know that Sherpas and Porters are critical to the safety and success of climbing. Without their sacrifices climbers around the world would not enjoy the successes that they do.   Having started out as porters and guides ourselves we know how difficult and dangerous the job can be, which is why we have and always will be committed to safety first for not only our clients but also for our crew.

Let us be grateful to all the Sherpas and Porters who help to make our clients dreams come true and ultimately our businesses successful. Let’s also re-commit to ensuring proper treatment to those who sacrifice so much. For those of you who climb, please ensure that your operator is truly taking care of their crew by paying legal wages, providing proper gear, meals and shelter on the mountain and not overweighting them.

If you are interested in helping out the families affected by the tragedy, here are a few groups that are taking donations:

Alex Lowe Foundation: Widows Relief Fund

7 Summits Foundation: http://www.7summitsfoundation

Sherpas Fund:

And the CHP-CHJA Series Circuit winner is….

We know that you have been waiting to hear who won the hot and heavy competition for the CHP-CHJA Series Circuit Trainer Award – a once in a life time African safari with Real Life Adventure Travel.

The competition was tough.  Neck in neck until the very last show between Mary Sayre and Rebecca Johnson. Both barns were on the hunt, taking no prisoners in this most sought after award.

In the end at the very last show, Rebecca pulled it out for the win! Congratulations Rebecca Johnson and to your riders on a great circuit.

Rebecca Johnson CHP-CHJA 2013 Series Circuit Trainer Award

Rebecca Johnson CHP-CHJA 2013 Series Circuit Trainer Award


All of us here at Real Life Adventure Travel look forward to taking you on your adventure of a lifetime!

CHP-CHJA Series Circuit Results:

High Point Trainer
Rebecca Johnson

High Point Equitation Rider        
CHAMPION    Isabella H. Smith
Reserve          Jessica R. Morris
third   Rachel E. Benson
fourth Jamie N. Morris
fifth     Nicole L. Morris
sixth    Cindy L. Bonick

High Point Hunter Horse 
Reserve          Sirius Black
third   Summer Solstice
fourth             Dragonheart
fifth     Crown N Scepter
sixth    Archurro

High Point Hunter Rider  
CHAMPION    Devon N. Hussey
Reserve          Paige E. Nealy
third   Dan P. Schiefen
fourth Cindy L. Bonick
fifth     Jessica R. Morris
sixth    Janelle V. Henningsen

High Point Jumper Horse 
CHAMPION    Fur Elise
Reserve          Strawberry Shortcake
third   Daddy’s Dollars
fourth Professor Peabody
fifth     Just My Luck
sixth    Lost In Translation

High Point Jumper Rider  
CHAMPION    Danielle M. Guest
Reserve          Devon N. Hussey
third   Kate B. Favaro
fourth Kevin E. Apicella
fifth     Mandy M. Reisman
sixth    Jamie N. Morris

Mt. Kilimanjaro Routes…which one is the best?

We are often asked which is the best route on Kilimanjaro and the answer is it depends…

and it depends on you…

Kilimanjaro offers a range of routes to the summit, which vary in degrees of difficulty, scenic beauty and climber traffic on the route, so if you are considering taking up the challenge, carefully select the one that best suits you.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Routes

Kilimanjaro offers a range of routes to the summit, which vary in difficulty, scenery and traffic.


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Uhuru Peak…what’s in the name?

Uhuru Peak (5895m), Mt. Kilimanjaro’s official summit, received its name in 1961, the year of Tanzania’s independence from the United Kingdom. Appropriately, uhuru translates as ‘freedom’ in Swahili. The former name – Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze – was given to the peak in 1889 by Hans Meyer, the first European to reach the summit, in honor of the then recently deceased Prussian leader, Wilhelm I (1797-1888).

The summit, the highest point on the entire African continent, remains the ultimate goal for many a buck list!

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.



Congratulations to the Participants of Climb Your Heart Out on your successful summit and mission!  We are so proud of you!

August 15 2011, Mount Kilimanjaro: Doctors, volunteers and supporters of Israel-based humanitarian organization Save a Child’s Heart reached the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise $1 million which will save the lives of 100 African children in desperate need of heart surgery.

The twelve climbers, from the United States, Canada, Israel, Ethiopia, and South Africa reached the peak of 19, 345 feet after 6 days of hiking through rainforest, moorland, semi desert, alpine desert and arctic terrain.

“The climbers arrived from different countries, speak different languages and are various ages, but they all share the same goal: to save the lives of children in Africa,” says Emma Hacohen, Project Coordinator of Climb Your Heart Out: Mount Kilimanjaro 2011.

“I have never felt more empowered,” says Simon Fisher, Executive Director of Save a Child’s Heart. “Watching the Save a Child’s Heart medical team perform the first ever pediatric open heart surgery in Mwanza Tanzania and then climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with the full awareness that this is going to lead to 100 more children’s lives being saved – I guess you could say nothing has ever felt this important.”

Prior to the climb, 13 pediatric heart surgeries were performed in Mwanza Tanzania by the Save a Child’s Heart medical team, as well as the first ever pediatric open heart surgery.  Approximately 300 children were examined by the SACH doctors.

Those children who need heart surgery but did not receive it during the mission will be flown to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel with all expenses paid by Save a Child’s Heart.

Each climber committed to raising a minimum of 10,000 dollars, the cost of saving the life of one child.  The rest of the funds are being raised through generous donations made by supporters of Save a Child’s Heart.

“It was a humbling and exhilarating experience,” says Emma Hacohen.  “At the bottom of the mountain it seemed insurmountable- but taking it one day at a time, slowly, carefully, I sensed we were conquering it.  I guess it’s quite similar to what we are doing at Save a Child’s Heart.  Saving children with heart disease in Africa also seems insurmountable.  But one heart at a time we are making a difference.”

About Save a Child’s Heart: Save a Child’s Heart is an Israel based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgery and follow-up care for children from developing countries, including Africa, Iraq, the West Bank and Gaza.  Last month Save a Child’s Heart received UN special status on the ECOSOC committee and it is now an official UN NGO.

Since its inception in 1996, the Save a Child’s Heart medical team treated over 2,700 children from 42 countries and has examined and evaluated more than 6,000 children.

For more information, please visit


5 Reasons to Climb Kilimanjaro

Located in northeast Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro has become one of the most popular destinations for adventure travelers. It’s the highest peak in all of Africa, towering over the countryside at 5,895 meters. The mountain itself is composed of three volcanoes, one of which is dormant but could erupt again. Climbing Kilimanjaro has become a challenge for many people, and it’s certainly no easy feat. The climb itself may not be technical but factors like the high altitude, low temperatures and high winds can make it quite difficult. It’s something that should only be attempted by those who are well equipped and in good physical shape.

That said, here are 5 reasons to add climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to your “to-do” list:

It’s an Ecological Goldmine
Most people think of mountains as somewhat barren terrain. Maybe some trees scattered about, and of course, the snow covered peak. But Mt. Kilimanjaro is so much more. Just about every kind of ecological system can be found somewhere on the mountain. The range includes cultivated land, heather, moorland, rainforest, alpine desert and an arctic summit. Not too many places you travel to can offer you a hike through the tropics of a rainforest and then have you staring at arctic glaciers a short time later. It’s simply fascinating.

Conquering One of the Seven Summits
For most serious mountain climbers, getting to the summit is a huge personal triumph. Mt. Kilimanjaro is no exception. Each year, approximately 25,000 people attempt it and nearly two-thirds of them are successful. But those who accomplish the impressive feat have the opportunity to memorialize it by recording their thoughts in a book that is stored in a box at the top of Uhuru Peak. Who wouldn’t want to place their name on that list? After all, it’s the highest freestanding and 4th most prominent mountain in the world! Now that is an accomplishment!

The Amazing Porters

Many of the local people make their income as porters, or guides, who accompany visitors during their climb. Not only do these folks know the mountain like the backs of their hands, but they also know how to get to the top safely. They will undoubtedly amaze you with their stealth and agility in maneuvering up the steep mountain terrain, seemingly without effort. A little known fact is that many of them will also entertain you. What’s better than making it to the top of a challenging mountain climb than being greeted with cheers and songs from the local porters? It’s an unforgettable experience.

The Incredible Surroundings
The varying terrain on Mt. Kilimanjaro is breathtaking enough. But the views throughout the climb are nothing short of spectacular. Explore the different flora and fauna landscapes that change throughout your climb, and observe the interesting craters and rock pinnacles on the way up. Watch the sun rise over Africa as it casts its brilliant light across the panoramic views. Seeing the sights from atop a mountain is simply awe-inspiring. You’ll also likely encounter a variety of indigenous wild life along the way. The surroundings you’ll experience on the way up are almost as amazing as reaching the summit.

The Glaciers/Ice Caps
Sadly, Mt. Kilimanjaro’s world famous ice caps and the variety of glacial formations located on the mountain are slowly disappearing. Since as recent as 1912, the mountain’s snow caps are said to have lost over 80% of their mass. Even more disheartening is the fact that scientists are predicting that Kilimanjaro will be completely free of ice by the year 2020. If you want to experience these incredible feats of nature, time is running out.

The world offers plenty of destinations for adventure travelers. Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro is perhaps one of the very best. With breathtaking and unique natural landscapes, challenging terrain and interesting local culture, a climb up Mt. Kili is a once in a lifetime experience, one not soon to be forgotten.