buythumb[3]Mount Kilimanjaro looms large in my book, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, a chronicle of my attempt to summit the highest mountain in Africa.

The iconic mountain is a sight to behold. I can think of nothing better to capture the feeling of what it’s like to behold this magnificent peak than to share with you some photos of the mountain and short excerpts from the book. I hope that they will give you a glimpse of the majesty that radiates from Mount Kilimanjaro and put you on the mountain.





“I slithered out of my tent and stumbled into an incredibly majestic view of the Kilimanjaro summit. The clouds parted and the sun appeared, brightening the landscape and warming the air. Kibo Peak rose high in all its glory, as if to say that only those who were worthy could behold her full beauty. Lacey folds of snow lay gently in crevasses made by long-vanished glaciers that raked the mountainside. I was mesmerized by the amazing view and gazed at it for what seemed like an eternity. At that moment, there was nowhere else on Earth I wanted to be.”





“Kibo Peak reached for the sky yet looked close to the touch, and it beckoned me to head for the summit, a temptation that flattered me with a false confidence. I could not have chosen a better relief for my morning stretch. I faced the mountain and stretched in ways that made me look as if I were performing a sacred rite. I bowed and prostrated my body like a supplicant in a traditional ceremony, casting my arms and legs about in an elaborate ritual. The sunlight painted the landscape in surreal colors. The rock was more brilliant and the shadows deeper and more pronounced in the sunlight. I turned around in mid-exercise and beheld the Serengeti unfurling for miles across the plains into Kenya. Some claimed that Mount Kilimanjaro offered the best views in the world. Looking down on the world below, I had to agree.”






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Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. April 15, 2012    

    Looks amazing!

  2. mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
    April 15, 2012    

    Thanks, Shay! It’s even more beautiful in person. Thanks everyone for stopping by to visit my blog. I appreciate it!

  3. April 15, 2012    

    Its really Amazing Mike… You are One of best. Regards and Respect To you

  4. April 15, 2012    

    Reblogged this on pranjalborthakur and commented:
    Not only a journey.. But Inspiration to Travelers of Life. Not only a real Story.. But a Learning path..

  5. April 17, 2012    

    Another fantastic post. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous photos!

  6. April 18, 2012    

    Amazing pics, Mike! Thanks for sharing!

  7. mgedwards's Gravatar mgedwards
    April 19, 2012    

    Thanks, everyone. Glad you liked them! The photos, unfortunately, don’t stack up to the incredible views on the mountain.

  8. 1EarthUnited's Gravatar 1EarthUnited
    May 4, 2012    

    Reblogged this on 1earthnow and commented:
    Hi MG, sounds like an amazing read, I’ll be sure to pick up a copy. Have a great life!

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