NatGeo: Guarding the Zenana

June 17, 2009: National Geographic DAILY DOZEN Guarding the Zenana becomes the SECOND of my 5 images chosen by NatGeo Photography Editor as one of the 12 best daily submissions.

Armchair Traveler Season 2

JUST RELEASED— Here are the dates & lineup for the ARMCHAIR TRAVELER SEASON 2 starting FALL 2019.  Thursdays 6:30-7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 3rd Floor Belleville Public Library, Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario Admission: FREE — wheelchair accessible (elevator) VOYAGE #1 Oct. 10, 2019 – Dr. Bob Bates – To the stars and back VOYAGE #2 Dec…

Tom Petty nailed it…

…coming down is the hardest thing! From Refugio Les Mouflons we climbed 869 metres TO the SUMMIT then 869 metres down to the refuge. 2,850′ feet up…2,850′ down…4km up…4km down. This photo gives you an idea of the steepness….Look closely in the snowy area (top right quarter) and you’ll see a group of four descending…

Day 1: Trekking Mount Toubkal

Every mountain presents a different challenge. As you may recall I climbed Kilimanjaro, in July 2018 and as a result, with far too much assurance I assumed if I could tread upon Kili’s 5,895 metre (19,341′) summit, Djebel Toubkal’s 4,167 metre (13,343′) summit would be a cake walk. Wrong again. At first the path was…

Armchair Travel to the Snows of Kilimanjaro

Come with me to the Snows of Kilimanjaro – Part II of the Armchair Traveller Photography Series – Save the date – Thursday December 13, 2018 – 6:30 – 7:30 Parrott Art Gallery, 254 Pinnacle Street Belleville Public Library

Winter wonderland in Africa

On the summit with Lucky Jaguar (aka Chui Bahati in Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa), K2, and Rotary Club of Belleville Banner. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Snows of Kilimanjaro did not melt.  Heavy snowfall April to June swathed the top 500 metres of the 19,341′ freestanding volcanic…

Snows of Kilimanjaro…the journey begins

Day 1 – Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp First daily diamox with our last breakfast in Arusha. Diamox – aka acetazolamide – is a prevention of (but not a treatment for) symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath at high altitudes (10,000 feet/3,048meters).  Diamox helped me on the Inca…

UPdown UPdown

Jeff & I continue our prep for Mount Kilimanjaro with daily local hikes carrying 6kg backpacks UP⇑ down⇓ UP⇑ along eskers and drumlins. Followed by 30 minutes on the stationary bike late afternoon. 10km daily (or 13,650 steps).    

The Lookout: El Mirador

The first snake I saw on this “snake-infested” trek was a False Coral Snake or maybe a Coral Snake or maybe a Milk Snake.  The only thing certain about this tiny, 1/2 diameter x 12″ long juvenile snake was it was a serpent (though I think it was a “plant”). The night before, as I walked…

Flores to Tintal, El Mirador Basin

Sun rays flooded through towering Cohune palms and bathed Lake Peten Itza in a muted apricot glow. Three hours and 62 rutted and muddy km later, Antonio and I arrived at Carmelita, his home village inhabited by 400 or so Itza Maya. Eladio, the muleteer, packed supplies, backpacks and duffels onto the four mules. We…