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Bishop’s Weed Reversion – Learn About Variegation Loss In Bishop’s Weed
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Bishop?s weed plant may be just the thing for tough areas with poor soil or excessive shade; it will grow where most plants are doomed to fail. That being said, a snow on the mountain losing color can be alarming. Click here to learn more.
10 Things to Know Before You Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
View of Mount Kilimanjaro from nearby Mt. Meru
The highest mountain in Africa may be a popular hiking destination, but it’s no walk in the park. Here’s how to prepare for a successful summit bid.
M ount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, rises dramatically from the Great Rift Valley to more than 19,300 feet above sea level. The mountain is sacred to the local Maasai people, and it’s easy to see why: The snowmelt from the top of this dormant volcano has been nourishing the valley below for millions of years.
Over the past century, “Kili” has become a popular destination for globetrotting peak-baggers and adventure-seekers of all stripes—partially because it is so accessible. Most climbers reach the summit with no more gear than appropriate clothing, hiking boots, and willpower. Nonetheless, the tallest freestanding peak in the world is nothing to scoff at.
Here are 10 things you can do to prepare for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro:
1. Climb during the dry season. Kilimanjaro is technically climbable year-round, but it’s muddy and stormy during the two Tanzanian wet seasons: March through May and November to early December. Most climbers therefore opt for a summit bid between January and February or between June and October. For a combination of good conditions and fewer crowds, go during one of the seasonal transitions between wet and dry, or vice-versa—but know that you are gambling with the weather.
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2. Book a local tour company. For various economic and ecological reasons, the Tanzanian government stipulates that you must hire a local guide outfitter to climb Kilimanjaro. Most climbers opt for an all-inclusive tour operator that provides tents, food, transportation, and porter services throughout their entire stay in the country. For a few thousand more dollars, many local tour companies also offer a safari through the Serengeti and its famous Ngorongoro Crater.
3. Choose your route carefully. There are seven established climbing routes to the summit, but most visitors pick among three. The Marangu Route takes five to six days and is the quickest, cheapest, and most comfortable. The Machame Route charges up the southern flank of the peak in six to seven days and is tough going. The Lemosho Route is a scenic journey up the long western ridge of the mountain, lasting from six to nine days. The more days you spend on the mountain, the more expensive the trip. However, unless you are very confident in your performance at altitude, play it safe and book one of the longer tours to give yourself time to acclimatize. The success rate for climbers who attempt a five-day ascent is less than half.
4. Budget plenty of money. Even without discussing flights, climbing Kilimanjaro is an expensive expedition. Tour package prices vary among routes and companies, but you won’t find a much cheaper deal than $1,000—and it’s not uncommon to shell out as much as $3,000. You’ll also need to secure lodging in a nearby town for before and after the trek. If you add on a safari, that’s another few thousand bucks. Remember to change spending money into Tanzanian shillings. And whatever you do, don’t forget to . . .
5. Tip the porters. It’s expected, and everyone does it. Bring $400–$500 cash and tip all of the guides and porters at the end of the climb. Tanzanians come from all over the country to work on the mountain and use these wages to support their families.
6. Pay for the optional bathroom tent. For an extra $100 or so, you can ensure your camp is outfitted with a zippered, waterproof, and portable bathroom tent, a convenience that the guides and porters jokingly call the “Bank of America.” Otherwise, you are stuck with the scant shelter of volcanic outcroppings, and the old hole-in-the-floor wooden outhouses that are scattered around each trail camp. You don’t absolutely need the Bank of America—but you’ll be glad to have it, especially if your party is caught in the rain or snow.
7. Gather your gear. Kilimanjaro may be one of the world’s most accessible high peaks, but summiting a 19,000-foot mountain is still no easy feat. Hydration is key, so carry two or three one-liter reusable water bottles. Bring a light inflatable sleeping pad and a sleeping bag rated for 0 to 10° Fahrenheit. Pack thermal leggings, warm fleece pants, and lightweight, quick-drying hiking pants. Include sunglasses, a warm head cover, and a sun-shading hat. Perhaps most importantly, bring a good pair of waterproof hiking boots and carry a fresh pair of socks for each day on the mountain. Many hikers also opt for poles because the terrain is rocky and steep.
8. Bring meds. The lowland jungle is rife with mosquitoes the altitude can make you dizzy and the unfamiliar bacteria can wreak havoc upon your immune system. Bring bug repellent and antimalarial pills. Use Dramamine and ibuprofen to stave off the effects of the altitude. Carry Pepto-Bismol in case of traveler’s diarrhea. Also make sure you bring a tube of high-SPF sunscreen and any specialized medication or toiletries you need they may not be readily available in rural Tanzania.
9. Take time to acclimatize. Everyone responds differently to the altitude, but it’s wise to add an extra day or two to your trip so you don’t need to rush up the mountain. If you climb too quickly at high elevations, your body may have difficulty adjusting to the lower oxygen pressure. You risk altitude sickness, which can jeopardize your journey and even lead to death in severe cases. “Pole pole” (pronounced po-lay po-lay) is a Swahili phrase meaning “slowly slowly,” and you will hear these words repeated throughout your journey. While a good mountain guide will make sure you take your time, you should still stay aware of your own pace.
10. Respect the mountain. Guided tours make for a safer trek, but this is still a challenging endeavor that is not to be taken lightly. People do die on Mount Kilimanjaro every year. The way is arduous and steep, between four and 15 uphill miles each day, depending on the route. You will find that prolonged walking is more physically taxing at high altitude, and as you make your way across the exposed mountainside, you may encounter wind, rain, snow, and scorching sun. Only about 60 percent of climbers are able to successfully summit the peak. Proper preparation will help ensure that you are one of them.
Some important information related to mountains:
Curious and young kids are always amazed about the formation of these mighty lofts and keep asking difficult to answer questions to their parents to satisfy their curiosity. Here is a compilation of information and some amazing mountain facts as well as safety tips to face the brimming questions children have about mountains.
1. What do you understand by a ‘mountain’?
A mountain is a landform that is higher than the terrain surrounding it. It is much higher and steeper than a hill. In general terms, mountains are higher than 600 meters and those below the specified height are called as hills. It is made of rocks and earth and has layers of snow on the peaks.
2. How can we describe a mountain?
Considering the physical aspects, a mountain is a tall structure with steep and sloping sides as well as sharp ridges and high peaks. Mountains can either be rocky and barren, devoid of any vegetation and covered with snow, or they can also be dense with trees and snow at their peaks. Every mountain will have a summit or a peak, steep slopes, and the deep valleys formed by the mountain. If the valley is between very young mountains, it is also referred as a gorge.
3. How are mountains formed?
The formation of mountains is a complex process. The shifting of the tectonic plates result in the the creation of folds that cause the formation of the mountains. Volcanic eruptions also result in the volcanic rocks and mountains as well as the sediment rocks.
4. Where can you find mountains?
You will be surprised to know that mountains are found on at least one-fifth of the earth’s land surface are present in the seventy-five percent of the world’s varied nations. In fact, every continent boasts its mountain range and the oceans are also home to mountains beneath their deep waters.
5. What are the different mountain types?
There are five mountain types, namely Fold Mountains, Fault Block Mountains, Dome Mountains, Volcanic Mountains, and Plateau Mountains. The differences lie in their physical features and structures and also the way they were formed.
Fold Mountains: They are formed from a head-on collision of the two tectonic plates resulting in the crumbling of the edges and rising upwards, like paper folds when they are crushed or pushed together. The anticlines are upward folding mountains, and the synclines are downward folding mountains. Some of the distinctive fold mountains in the world include the Himalayas, the Alps, the Andes, the Rockies, and the Ural mountain ranges.
Fault Block Mountains: They are formed when faults or cracks on the surface of the earth force some of the materials upwards, while the rest of the materials go downwards below the earth’s surface and lead to the formation of the fault mountains. Sometimes due to the movement in these faults, the layers are stacked up together resulting in the formation of the mountains. One of the distinctive features of the Fault Block Mountains is that they have steep front and a sloping back side. The famous examples of such mountains can be the Sierra Nevada range in the North America as well as the Harz Mountains in Germany.
Dome Mountains: They are formed by the volcanic eruptions on the surface of the earth. The melted rock or magma that is present under the surface erupts from the weak spots or cracks because of excessive heat and pressure. When the erupted magma cools down due to the temperature that is lower on the surface of the earth, it solidifies again to form a Dome Mountain. The effect of erosion on the top of the mountain by the wind gives it a dome-like shape too.
Plateau Mountains: They are formed by the process of erosion of the soil. They are actually land masses that have been formed by the layers of lava or being pushed by the tectonic plates to form into large masses. The continuous erosion of the tip of the land form gives it a flat but raised structure, which is called a Plateau Mountain.
Volcanic Mountains: The piling of the molten lava when it erupts from the surface of the earth leads to the formation of a volcanic mountain. The lava cools down with time to form solidified structure. (1)
6. What is a mountain range?
A long chain or a group of mountains is called a Mountain range. Mountains are considered a range if they are a 1,000 or more miles long. Some famous mountain ranges include The Rocky Mountains and the Himalayan Mountains.
7. How are the mountains measured?
Mountains are measured in three ways:
- Height from the sea level to the peak
- Height from the base to the peak
- The distance from the center of the earth to the highest peak of the mountain
8. What do know about a mountain system?
When a group of mountain ranges clusters together, the phenomenon is referred to as a mountain system. The mountain systems of the US like the Rockies and the Appalachians are famous for their lofty peaks and deep valleys. There are various mountain systems spread across the world including the Alps that attract many tourists and travelers from various places.
9. Do people live in mountains?
Yes, people do live in mountains. In fact, around one-tenth of the world’s population reside in the mountains.
10. What are the various sports played in the mountains?
Mountains and snow provide excellent opportunities to play adventure sports such as skiing, para-gliding, mountain trekking, rock climbing, bungee jumping, white water rafting, canoeing, etc.
Q. Snow on the Mountain – Promoting Variegation
I have used Snow on the Mountain to crowd out other invasive weeds, but this year, more than half of my Snow on the Mountain has reverted to solid green. The bed is in full sun for more than 10 hours a day but the soil quality is poor. What can I do to promote the white-green variegation?
There is nothing that can be done. Variegation is a genetic mishap that only shows in clusters of cells at the originating growth point. Anything that does not grow from this original cluster will not have variegation.
Unfortunately, there is no way to control this, and it may turn up again randomly in the future.
How to Avoid Getting Invasive Perennials
I love going to other gardener’s plant sales, but unfortunately that’s where I’ve gotten a lot my worst offenders on the Plants Not To Grow In Your Garden list. Most of the plants that made my list are also readily available at local gardening centers too. So how on earth is a novice gardener, or even a seasoned gardener like me, supposed to avoid ending up with perennials that will take over your garden. My best advice is just to read up and ask questions. Now, if I see a plant that I don’t have and I’m curious about, I will ask the gardener these questions:
- Is this plant a vigorous spreader or aggressive? If so, is it easy to weed out?
- Does this plant spread by underground runners?
- Is this plant invasive?
If there isn’t anyone available to assist, I will pull out my cellphone and google the plant name and quickly read up on it.
15 Things To Know About Stowe: Your Winter Guide
By GO STOWE
A trip to Stowe is made for spending quality time with friends and family and for experiencing great adventure in the charming snow-covered mountain town. Want to make the most out of you winter getaway to Stowe? Our insider tips are here to help enhance the best parts of your trip. Whether it’s how to get around town, when and how to get the best deal on lift tickets or where to dine out or pick up rentals, you’ll know the ins and outs of Stowe like a local. Here are 15 things you should know about Stowe this winter:
- Plan your activities ahead. Since there are many indoor and outdoor winter activities to enjoy in Stowe, it helps to plan out your days here in advance to have the best experience. Skiing and snowboarding are widely enjoyed along with Nordic skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Guided tours are also a fun way to explore the area.
- Traveling here. There are several ways to get to Stowe, which is easily reached by car from major northeast cities in the United States. While the highways and main roads are well plowed and maintained, winter tires are strongly encouraged for car travel to and within Stowe. Train and bus services are available into the area, and there are two nearby airports.
- Get lift tickets early. Did you know you can save the most on lift tickets at Stowe Mountain Resort when you purchase them more than 7 days in advance? Buy lift tickets through Stowe Mountain Resort in advance to get the lowest price guaranteed.
- Make dinner plans. Tantalize your taste buds at one of Stowe’s world-class restaurants . There’s a variety for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night. Some restaurants accept reservations.
- Find the “essentials” you need. Know in advance other important Stowe information for getting around town, such as public parking and restroom locations and other resources.
- Pick up rentals. Whether you’re headed up to the slopes for the day, embarking on a cross-country skiing exploration or interested in snowshoeing in one of Stowe’s hidden winter gems—Smugglers’ Notch—we have shops to get you outfitted and ready to go. P ick up equipment rentals the night before so you can avoid morning crowds and head straight to the hill. Many sporting goods shops are open later on Friday evenings and offer ski, snowboard, snowshoe and fatbike rentals, as well as ice skates and sleds.
- Plot your route and transportation around town. Plan to take extra time to get to your destinations on a holiday weekend or snow event, especially when the two overlap. Stowe offers a variety of in-town transportation options, including the complimentary Mountain Road Shuttle that provides convenient service from mountain to Main Street and beyond, especially i f you’re without winter tires, which are encouraged for getting around town. The shuttle loops throughout town every 30 minutes off-peak and every 15 minutes during peak hours. Download the Transit App by Green Mountain Transit to find your bus in real-time.
- Get a good night’s sleep (or not). In this ski town, we often wake up early to get first chair [which is 7:30 a.m. on weekends!] for first dibs on the trail. If you’re a night owl, Stowe’s late-night options never disappoint. Arriving to the mountain later in the morning or afternoon? Stowe Mountain Resort offers unparalleled snowmaking and grooming so you can enjoy the best conditions around.
- Check trail conditions. Check out Stowe Mountain Resort’s terrain and lift status report for up-to-date info on lift operations. For live updates on weather, operations, terrain and parking information, go to @StoweMtAlerts on Twitter for the daily 6 a.m. report.
- Get to the mountain early . Weekends are considered peak days for skiing and riding. Getting an early start will set you up for an excellent day on Mt. Mansfield. On these days, we suggest getting on Mountain Road by or before 7 a.m. to get first dibs on the trails. Hop on the Mountain Road Shuttle with your ski passes and rentals set. Keep moving at less popular lifts like the Sensation Quad (great intermediate/advanced terrain), Toll House Double (beginner/intermediate) and Mountain Triple (intermediate) lifts.
- Après-ski and craft beverages . It’s tradition to relax and unwind with friends after an exhilarating day on the hill. Along with having award-winning après establishments, there several local craft producers and brew pubs conveniently located in Stowe and surrounding area. Many stops are located along the Mountain Road Shuttle route. With Vermont having the most breweries in the U.S. per capita, Stowe is a destination people travel to just to visit our breweries, cideries and wineries.
- Relax and unwind. There’s no better place to rejuvenate than Stowe. Wrap yourself in a luxurious robe and relax on a heated massage table at a world-class spa. Watch the snow fall outside while lying in a hot tub, or use the sauna after a day on the trails. Find balance in Stowe with tranquil environments, sanctuary lounges and cascading indoor waterfalls all enhanced by Stowe’s natural outdoor beauty.
- Take a piece of Stowe home with you. Stowe has 50 independent boutiques , galleries, sporting goods stores, Vermont food and specialty markets and other shops in Stowe. Stock up on quality products for yourself and find gifts for the fashionistas, foodies and adventurers in your life.
- Extend Your Weekend. Save the anticipated heartache of leaving for another day! Extend Your Weekend and save on midweek lodging in Stowe. Stay at one of our comfortable lodging locations—from fully equipped condominiums to luxurious slope-side resorts.
- Share your Stowe story. Stowe is a true four-season destination that has hosted travelers for more than 200 years. Dream of being back already? If you’ve enjoyed our Vermont hospitality, food and beverages, mountains and more, we’d love to hear about your experience and also share our little slice of heaven with you again!
There are many ways to experience Stowe during your visit. Our winter visitor resource guide has information about getting around Stowe all in one place.