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How to Choose the Best Suited Kilimanjaro Route for You

Each year, approximately 25,000 people attempt to climb the 5,895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest summit and the world’s highest free-standing mountain – around half of whom don’t succeed at reaching the summit. Although the climbing motives may change, almost everyone wants to reach the summit.Many elements contribute to the success or failure of summiting Mt Kili: how physically and mentally prepared you are, the gear you’re u...

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Sinai Trail: Walking the Nomadic Paths

All photographs by Enas El MasryReaching out and connecting is an innate human tendency. Some people reach out through mindful observation, while others do so through conversation. However, there’s nothing like walking a mile in someone else’s shoes to really understand them. For as long as we’ve inhabited the deserts and highlands, nomadic tribes have walked these ragged terrains and made them home. Beneath the surface, many secrets and pl...

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4 Hiking Misconceptions You May Want to Reconsider

A group of hikers navigate Wadi Khsheib in South Sinai. Credit: Enas El MasryIt’s not so unusual to shy away from activities that you’ve never tried before, especially when you continue to associate them with false impressions. Hiking is no stranger to the injustice of prejudice and stigma.Although commonly popular among the community of adventurers, hiking is otherwise regarded as a niche activity. Having been on many hikes of varied difficulti...

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Adventure Hacks: How to Mentally Prepare for Hiking

HIkers on the Sinai Trail. Credit: Enas El MasryThe first time I went on a thru-hike, I was skeptical whether my body would be able to cross 200+ kilometers, and summit four or five mountains. Like anyone preparing for a trip that requires physical endurance, I kept myself busy with all sorts of exercise and physical preparation.On the fourth day of the two-week hike, a gush of emotions overcame me and I broke down, triggered simply by losin...

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Life Changing Stories: Salma Abdelbaky

Currently, a sophomore psychology major at AUC, Salma Abde El-Baky began her adventures earlier than many people, by the end of her high school year. On her first night in Kenya she found herself further than she had ever been before; in Kenya, trying to sleep in a cold tent, in Kenya, without her mother, in Kenya, surrounded by strangers amongst whom she was the youngest. “It was a harsh night for me,” she says, “especially because it was my fi...

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Familial Strangers

Many wonder how some are capable of traveling solo to explore unknown places in the world. I wondered the same, until I did that myself. My travel experience has opened my eyes to the most exotic places; from the surreal beauty of the Salar in Bolivia, to the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. It does, in fact, seem scary to simply just throw yourself out there alone with complete strangers. But, aren’t we all strangers in a strange land? I...