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SNOW ON THE EQUATOR Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro and the great African odyssey

SNOW ON THE EQUATOR Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro and the great African odyssey

‘To those who went to the War straight from school and survived it, the problem of what to do afterwards was peculiarly difficult.’

For H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman, the solution lay in Africa: in gold prospecting,
mountaineering and a 3,000-mile bicycle ride across the continent.
Tilman was one of the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering
climber and sailor who held exploration above all else. He made
first ascents throughout the Himalaya, attempted Mount Everest,
and sailed into the Arctic Circle. For Tilman, the goal was always
to explore, to see new places, to discover rather than conquer.

First published in 1937, Snow on the Equator chronicles Tilman’s early
adventures; his transition from East African coffee planter to famed
mountaineer. After World War I, Tilman left for Africa, where he grew
coffee, prospected for gold and met Eric Shipton, the two beginning
their famed mountaineering partnership, traversing Mount Kenya and
climbing Kilimanjaro and Ruwenzori. Tilman eventually left Africa in
typically adventurous style via a 3,000-mile solo bicycle ride across
the continent—all recounted here in splendidly funny style.

Tilman is one of the greatest of all travel writers. His books are
well-informed and keenly observed, concerned with places and people
as much as summits and achievements. They are full of humour and
anecdotes and are frequently hilarious. He is part of the great British
tradition of comic writing and there is nobody else quite like him.