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World Travel Market 2011
7 Nov 2011: We are exhibiting at the World Travel Market. Presenting the new biking tours, updates on training, updates on new vehicles and our new super guides (cross discipline mountain and bush masters!).
Instructors - paving the wave for a better future
10 Dec 2010: November saw the second of our annual training sessions and this time it was a chance to work on the number of instructors we have and as well as first aid we had a course on training porters to become English basic level instructors. Results: 5 recertifications for Community Based First Aid(CMBF) Instructors, 11 NEW CBFA instructors, and with our new development officer(Rabson, karibuni sana Summits!) and our own porters through the English instructor course, you could say we're ready to make more positive impact next low season! March / April / May Summits is looking towards running a number of 1st aid courses and in conjunction with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) we expect to be spreading the knowledge for a long time to come!
12 New Wilderness First Responder guides
April 2010: In April 2010 Summits Africa enrolled
13 guides and trip leaders into the Aerie Wilderness First
passed and secured their WFR certification and 1 with
a wilderness first aid certificate. Well done chaps!
Summits guides in South America
25 Feb 2010:Congratulations
to Managing Director Ake Lindstrom and head guide Respicious
on reaching the top of the highest mountain in the Americas.
Aconcagua is 6962 meters above sea level and the highest
outside of the Himalayas, nestled in the heart of the Andes
in Argentina. See Ake's
blog for a full read of his trip.
Aconcagua - 6962
m asl - an extremely beautiful hike and a logical progression
3 Peaks 3 Weeks Success!
31st Jan 2010: Well done to the 3 peakers,
what an achievement (all to the top!) and most importantly
the challenge of raising money for great causes has also been
extremely successful. For those that are wondering how much
this great event has reached to date check out their website
(it's over $500,000 AUD) and the event continues for 2011.
Related articles can be found on:
3 Peaks: all 11 3-Peakers to Lenana
13 January 2010: a very quick
entry to congratulate our wonderful team! Well done for reaching
Point Lenana. This year's team made it in just 3 nights, very
well done! Keep checking their blog: http://3peaks3weeks.wordpress.com/
3 Peaks Underway
7/1/10: 3 Peaks 3 Weeks is underway! 11 courageous
ladies attempt to hike Mt Kenya (Point Lenana), Mt Meru and
Mt Kilimanjaro in 3 weeks after a year of fundraising. Check
out their website http://www.3peaks3weeks.org
and follow their progress on http://3peaks3weeks.wordpress.com/
Training November completed
16/12/09: Many thanks for Kilimanjaro
Porters Assistance Project for helping to source funding
to run porters classes and we also ran English as well as
HIV / AIDS awareness courses this year in conjunction with
for International Change). A great series of sessions,
more to come in April, as always. Also this low season were
the guide refresher courses which 10 of our guides attended
- refreshing WFR for some and preparation for others for certification
in April 2010.
Many thanks also to head guide Sam Makala
for his role in setting up this seasons training courses and
keeping everything on track!
World Travel Market 2009 (WTM)
28/10/09: Ake Lindstrom is attending the
World Travel Market, stand AF2800, please contact
him to make an appointment. Ask about our Kilimanjaro
outfitting services, new biking adventures and select
ground handling services.
For an October News roundup select
Adventure Travel World Summit
21/9/09: Ake Lindstrom will be attending
the world summit, if you are visiting please email and set
up an appointment (email@example.com).
Oct 19th - Oct 22nd... look for us at the Marketplace for
Inbound Tour Operators.... http://www.adventuretravelworldsummit.com/
Success rate all routes exceeds 94%,
safety rate 100%, on demand oxygen
20/9/2009: our year to date
figures are currently running a very healthy 94% success rate
and bearing in mind that we are outfitting all
routes now including the Marangu route, that
is a very healthy average indeed. Our advice remains the same
- more days = higher success rate and on the Lemosho 9 day
trips we have had a 100% success rate in 2009.
In 2009 of interest to those that lead trips
/ trip doctors, we have trialled our pulse oxygen delivery
system (regulators that have on demand flow capabilities)
successfully and used it to evacuate a patient with a pulmonary
edema. The results were impressive: on our standard cyclinders
we were able to deliver oxygen for 7 hours! From personal
experience we can safely say that this system works extremely
well. With a nasal cannular it is also relatively comfortable
compared to the masks. Essential tool for Western Breach and
Crater trips and provided as standard by Summits Africa!
2010 T/O rates available
4/07/2009: Tour Operators
contact us for your 2010 climb rates. We have also started
providing daily rates for vehicles for our adventure trips
and other outfitting services that require vehicle support.
Mountain biking safaris are great
25 Jul 09: In early June trip leader Ake
led a 4 day short mountain biking safari across the Tarangire
dispersal zone - the Maasai steppe. In doing so he managed
to snap some video of one of the game encounters but watch
what happens on the video.. YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im1R-R1itXc
Just goes to show, the little things are as important as the
Guides take control.. training, training,
26th Mar 2009: many
will have read and heard about our commitment to training.
In april 2008 6 guides were trained to become first aid instructors
and ran their first 2 sets of courses in 2008 training a total
of over 100 porters and crew in Community Based First Aid.
Well, now for April 2009, the guides have taken the initiative
and are running the next training sessions for the next batch
of porters. Summits Africa must at this juncture also give
huge thanks to Kilimanjaro Porters Assistant Project for their
financial support in making this possible. If you want to
support training programs then you can do so through the Kilimanjaro
Porters Assistance Project (and for those in the US it is
tax deductable..) then contact Karen Valentin on firstname.lastname@example.org
In May there will also be our advanced guide
/ crew training programs with presentation of results of the
last 5 years of pulse oximetry data. It's all interactive
and this is where our guides shine - sharing, teaching and
learning through experience. Images and the best of the best
test results to come in May..
Summits Africa is Carbon Neural!
14th Jan 2009: we've done it! Being Carbon
Neutral is all about actually doing something about your Carbon
Footprint, namely buying carbon credits to offset our emmissions.
As of today, the 14th of Jan 2009, Summits Africa has paid
up for all our trips from Jan 1st to May 2009. Note, this
is at no extra cost to our guests and is now part of our corporate
policy to ensure that whereever possible all Summits Africa
trips in East Africa are Carbon Neutral. To futher offset
International air travel or find out more you can enrourage
your guests to visit Carbon Tanzania's website - http://www.carbontanzania.com/.
Summits Africa Joins Leave No Trace
3 Jan 2009: since our inception Summits Africa
has practised 'trash in -trash out' policies on all trips,
including camping trips in fragile environments such as the
Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. Taking this one step
further we decided to look for likeminded organisations that
provided clear guidelines, enter Leave No Trace. Joining Leave
No Trace has meant some slight adjustment to our existing
policies and an increased awareness and provision of information
to our guests - we do this in our guest briefings to help
them understand the issues and help us comply. Our staff are
all briefed and as part of our guide information packs we
provide a constant reminder (see image below). You can learn
more about Leave No Trace at their website.
Leave No Trace, incorporated
into Summits Africa Systems - below a screen shot of our guide
3 Peaks 3 Weeks Starts!
8 Jan 2009: the second 3 Peaks 3 Weeks event
is underway! 12 ladies from around the globe start climbing
Mt Kenya on Saturday 10th of Jan. Learn more on their website,
find out more about the causes and support them in this fatastic
3 week epic challenge.
Summits Africa is going Carbon Neutral!
28 Dec 08: A process that started back in
August 2008, for 2009 our aim is to have all our Kilimanjaro,
Mt Kenya and Mt Meru climbs carbon neutral. We will be shortly
posting information on all calculations so that anyone can
critique our methodology and calculations, but the point is
we are doing it... Summits Africa will be the first East African
climbs operator to go Carbon Neutral. Will clients have to
pay extra and will pricing change? No. Our aim is to avoid
making this a burden on guests and keep everything simple.
We will, however, post links for people that want to offset
other parts of their travel - for instance their international
air flights which Summits Africa will not be covering. More
to come as we develop our Carbon
Offsetting information pack and links.
Kenya Porters & Cooks training
15 Dec 08 - consistency and commitment to our crews
remains one of our foundations. This week head guide and first
aid instructor Joseph Kumbau and systems and executive chef
Frank Castro headed up to our Kenyan office to start training
our newly opened Kenya office and crews. A shared vision in
business is obviously important and more so across international
borders - our aim to always ensure that our Kenyan climbs
meet the same rigourous standards as our Kilimanjaro operations
and with trekking veteran Paul Kanja manning the helm of our
Mt Kenya team our guests can rest assured that our Kenyan
teams will be every bit as friendly and fun as our other operations!
Training and learning never stops
20 November 2008 - It is November which in Summits
speak means training time! As many people will know Summits
Africa runs training programs bi annually. This training session
is all about the porters. In April of 2008 we put 6 of our
guides through a 2 week intensive course to become first aid
instructors - and now they are giving back to the porters
and crews that support them on the mountain. Lead by Joseph
Kumbau and assisted by Edward Jonas, Godson Kastai, Jacob
Oscar and Charles Obedi, the porters are being taught in depth
in Swahili to ensure that the information is properly taught,
and understood. Classroom sessions with theory are blended
with practical sessions and in December we're off to the mountain!
For more information and for those that want
to support individual porters with English classes please
Summits Kenya Opens
6 November 2008 - After almost 5 years working
together on cross border challenge events Summits Africa founder
Ake Lindstrom has teamed up with Paul Kanja to form Summits
Africa Kenya. This new company, being based in Nairobi, will
be enable the Summits Africa group to serve the needs of our
clients better, including meet and greet services on arrival
and a consistent service delivery on East Africa's 3 giants
of Kilimanjaro, Mt Kenya and Mt Meru.
Summits Joins ATTA
24th October 2008 - Summits Africa
joins ATTA, the UK based Africa Travel association. Their
slogan actually stands for Advancing Tourism
2009 Rates Published
our sales team for all of our FIT rates now. Please note
that Travel Agents can also contact their local ground handlers
for rates information.
Summits Africa is 1 Year Old!
348 guests, a whole lot of hiking and a 98.3%
summit success rate for the various peaks we helped guests
reach in the period September 2007 to 2008.
Summits Supports Voluntary Testing
Every little bit helps - in August we provided
our large yellow North Face mess tent for one of our favorite
NGO's. The bright balloon brought record breaking numbers
to get tested during 'Nane Nane'. Get info and learn more
about HIV Testing and the great work of SIC (Support for International
Change) - www.sichange.org.
3 Peaks 3 Weeks 2009 - Support the
issues that face East Africa Today!
Building on the success of 3 Peaks 3 Weeks
- 2007 event challenge, the 3 Peaks event is running again
in 2009. For those looking to help effective organizations
working in the realms of conservation, education, and health,
then the 3 Peaks Challenge could be an ideal and fun event
to support. Every member of the all girl team raises her own
funds for their climb. Learn more on their website - www.3peaks3weeks.org
Summits Africa Trains 120 Porters
in first aid
We are often asked just what set's us apart
from other operators and here is one key difference - as well
as providing over 100 hours of training for our guides this
year we have also set up training for 120 porters in basic
first aid. In April 2008, 6 of our guides became Community
Based First Aid Instructors and now they are giving back to
their porters. For other companies reading our blog, feel
free to contact us about our training programs that they can
have their guides, crews or porters join.
Ake Tops 20 Ascents!
General Manager Ake Lindstrom has finally
hit his 20's! Ascents of Kilimanjaro that is and he should,
all things equal, reach his 25th ascent by the end of the
2008 season. This is of course rather paled by head guide
Joseph Kumbau, who will reach his 160th ascent by the end
of the season... Experience is highly valued at Summits Africa
and combined with our systematic approach and data collection
of client heart rates and oxygen saturations as they ascend
to high altitude, we are ahead of the pack in client management
and assessment. Want to know more about our assessment methods?
Contact Ake on email@example.com
Our growing Blog
The Summits Africa Blog has started! For
info, mountain recipies, songs that porters sing and much
more, keep an eye on the Summits
Becoming Carbon Neutral in 2009
In our ecotourism efforts, we have taken
on the challenge of becoming Carbon neutral in 2009 by donating
small proceeds of itinerary packages to a local seed planting
project. By making small donations towards tree-planting,
we hope to help our immediate environment and help to minimize
the impact of our traveling guests. For info about a great
conference taking place in Arusha, please visit The
Travelers Philanthropy Conference.
Kilimanjaro FAQ Page added
Lots of questions answered and remember that
on booking all guests receive a full information and preparation
pack as well. See our Kilimanjaro