Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, September 07, 2009

1920’s KILIMANJARO: THE MOUNTAIN’S LORE – PART 2, WOMEN AT THE SUMMIT

In TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH, Jade climbs to the summit of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak. But even if she were real, she wouldn’t have been the first woman to climb Kibo. That honor belongs to Gertrude Emily Benham. The London born lady was no stranger to mountains, having climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. So when her parents died, leaving her with a small inheritance, she turned to traveling, always seeking another mountain to climb.

In 1909, she arrived in Africa and walked over 900 km to reach Lake Tanganyika. Not long after she braved Kilimanjaro and successfully made the summit of Kibo. No stranger to walking, Ms. Benham hiked large portions of Africa. More of her story can be read at http://www.ntz.info/gen/b00959.html

Missionary Eva Stuart-Watt (see last week’s blog) climbed to the top of Kibo sometime in 1926. Her book, Africa’s Dome of Mystery details her climb and shows an image of her posing at the rim.

The image was taken from Africa’s Dome of Mystery, by Eva Stuart-Watt.

NEXT WEEK: The famed frozen leopards on Kilimanjaro.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH will be released Sept. 1, 2009 in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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