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“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Climbing to the summit of the tallest freestanding mountain in the world is seriously no joke. Reaching 19,341 feet under your own power requires a serious amount of effort and gumption, and a good bit of luck. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was the most difficult, yet most rewarding experience I have ever done.

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Hi, I’m Shirley, aka Bibi

Hi! I’m Bibi. Originally from Maryland, I lived in Indiana, Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Georgia while raising my children. All six of them are now young adults who live away from home. I have one three-year-old granddaughter and I am eagerly anticipating the births of more two granddaughters, who are expected in July and September.

I recently authored my first book: Solo to Seven Six More in the Wind: A Memoir of Kilimanjaro where I tell the tale of what it takes to hike to the Rooftop of Africa, also known as Mount Kilimanjaro. I was given the African name “Bibi,” which means Grandmother in Swahili, when my team of six other hikers, three guides, and fourteen porters were just about a mile into our 7-day Machame Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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