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5 Huge Peaks That are Surprisingly Accessible

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5 Huge Peaks That are Surprisingly Accessible

By Alexander Davies, Discovery Channel

If Mt. Olympus is the provenance of the gods, then mountains like Everest and K2 are reserved for something in between them and the average human. For those who arenít professional or expert climbers, but want to feel like theyíve reached the top of the world, there are still great peaks to be conquered. These five mountains will push you to your limit without killing you, and are sure to send you home with a great story to tell.

1. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, at 19,341 feet above sea level, and the fourth highest in the world. Itís not part of a chain, but of a volcano that formed around one million years ago. To reach the summit, you donít need any special climbing skills, just to be in great shape. A climb will usually last about a week; expeditions tend to go slowly to avoid the onset of altitude sickness, the biggest challenge Kilimanjaro has to offer. The peak wonít put you at the top of the world, but the highest point in Africa isnít too shabby.

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2:39PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

sounds like so much fun. wish my boyfriend wasnt too scared to go

1:22AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

thanks for the info.

10:23PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Lovely to look at and admire, but wouldn't want to climb them!

6:21PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks

5:54PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks so much, it`s awesome!

5:45PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

All look like wonderful days out for walking. Thanks for the beauty.

3:15PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

On my list of things to do if I ever get to retire and can afford it. lol

6:25AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

beautiful and awesome !

4:42AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks

4:24AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks

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