Voices

Just as money drives the poachers, so visitors’ dollars can give communities a sustainable reason to protect their valuable wildlife. Simon Calder looks at the possibilities for East Africa

Climbers take unnecessary health risks at high altitude

Thousands of climbers trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro are taking unnecessary risks with their health, experts warned today.

Lives Remembered: Doctor Ymke Warren

Dr Ymke Warren, who was murdered in her home in Limbe, Cameroon on 29 June by unknown assailants, was a conservationist with the Wildlife Conservation Society who worked to protect the world's rarest great ape, the Cross River gorilla. Quiet and even-handed, she excelled in connecting with people and inspiring others to protect Africa's wildlife heritage.

Climber, 82, sets new world record for Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro began forming in Africa's Great Rift Valley around a million years ago. George Solt, from Buckinghamshire, has not been around for quite as long as that, but at the age of 82, he has become the oldest man to climb the world's largest free-standing mountain.

Business Diary: Time for Boris to ban the boards

Come on Boris, pull your finger out: the capital's estate agents are getting above their station again. For years now, London-based property companies have been barred from putting up their dreadful boards (you try getting them to take one down) across much of the centre of the capital. But the regulations banning them have now expired, prompting something of a free-for-all from agents that work in central London. Time for Mayor Boris Johnson to step in, surely?

SW19 diary: Martina roots for Henin

By Nick Harris

On top of the world: 13 year-old becomes youngest person to conquer Everest

Of the 50 climbers who reached the peak of the world's highest mountain in the early hours of yesterday morning, one stood head and shoulders below the rest.

Summit special: Climbing Uganda's highest peak requires stamina, an armed guide... and a pair of Wellington boots

"Bring your right leg up to that little ledge. Come on, it's just one small step." Our guide, Joel, was doing his best to encourage me, at nearly 5,000m up Uganda's Mount Stanley, that the summit was within reach. It may have been a small step to Joel, but to a rock-climbing novice like me, it required a leap of faith to expect one spike on my crampon to support my weight as I clung like a limpet to a four-metre wall of sheer, icy rock.

Martina Navratilova: 'I cried for a minute, then I knew I had to put the wheels in motion'

The Brian Viner Interview: Breast cancer has not slowed Martina Navratilova. She discusses achievements beyond sport, and her goal of climbing Kilimanjaro

Inside Lines: No baloney! Maloney says his X-factor will KO Griffin

Some will tell you that Frank Maloney is barking mad if he thinks he is going to have MP after his name following the 6 May election, But the pint-sized promoter insists he is simply mad about Barking, where he is standing as a UKIP candidate in a six-strong field which includes the BNP leader Nick Griffin. He tells us his great desire remains to give Griffin, a Cambridge boxing blue, a black eye, so to speak, both in the ring and the ballot box. "I asked him why he didn't take up my challenge for a three-rounds charity bout between us and he said: 'Well, I've got a glass eye.' So I said: 'I've had a heart attack, so that should level it up, and anyway you're a good bit heavier than me.' The one-time amateur flyweight, never one to miss a self-promotional trick, says the offer still stands. Maloney, 55, is unfazed by Griffin's protective posse of muscle men, not least as several boxers from his stable have been supporting him on the campaign trail. And should Rendall Munroe win his world super-bantamweight title eliminator against Mexican Victor Terraza in Coventry's Skydome on Friday, he promises to bring some of his fellow binmen down from Leicester to cheerlead Maloney at the hustings. Maloney, who is in Barking from 6-11am every day and back in the evening knocking on doors, reckons he has enough of the X-factor to KO both Griffin and Barking's Labour MP Margaret Hodge, deeply unpopular over the expenses scandal. "People I've spoken to seem to think I'm more honest and in touch with their problems than the other candidates. I don't know how politicians can moan that they're overworked. If they had to do what I do, campaign and run a business, they'd die. I've got five shows to put together before the end of June." One of these is in Barking, a week after the election. It features the British flyweight champion Shinny Bayaar, an immigrant from Mongolia. "Maybe I should invite Nick along to give him a cheer," muses Maloney.

Four men in a boat to recreate Bounty captain's fateful voyage

Group will attempt to retrace Captain Bligh's epic journey in an open boat – using navigation tools from 1789.

Pulis: I'll miss Cup final if we get there

Tony Pulis has a mountain to climb – and for once the phrase does not refer to the Stoke City manager's prospects of winning at Chelsea in today's FA Cup quarter-final, or his chances of convincing a London crowd his side are more than simply muscular hackers.

A to Z of the greatest journeys on Earth

Travel through the alphabet – and to the furthest reaches of the planet – with our A to Z of amazing adventures. From Annapurna to the Zambezi, the world awaits...

Getting fit: The challenge of a lifetime

From scaling peaks to jogging round the park, it's time to get fit and raise cash for charity

Sean O'Grady: These ladybirds are bugging me

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Climate change will melt snows of Kilimanjaro 'within 20 years'

Ice on Africa's highest peak is vanishing at fastest rate for 100 years
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