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DINING WITH DESPOTS

By on February 16, 2016 in Adventure, Africa, History, Tusker Legacy with 1 Comment
DINING WITH DESPOTS

A young Eddie Frank, with wanderlust in his heart and a fire in his belly, found himself in Munich buying surplus German Army trucks with the outrageous plan to transport them all the way to West Africa.

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WALKING THE TALK: TUSKER’S CLIMB FOR VALOR

By on May 13, 2014 in Guides and Crew, Kilimanjaro
WALKING THE TALK: TUSKER’S CLIMB FOR VALOR

The people most often called heroes today are soldiers. Brave soldiers, wounded soldiers and those who have fallen. The Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor is the perfect chance to walk all that hero talk.

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A YEAR OR TWO OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

A YEAR OR TWO OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

In 1963, the year Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison, another, albeit less notorious, act of subversion against white minority rule in South Africa had just been completed; a film starring Eddie’s mother, Evelyn Frank.

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CALABAR AND GRILL

By on September 27, 2013 in Adventure, Africa, History, Tusker Legacy with 0 Comments
CALABAR AND GRILL

It’s the summer of ‘78. Eddie was so far down the river (literally) that had the Earth ceased to spin, he may have been one of the last people to hear.

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BENIN JAIL

By on August 30, 2013 in Adventure, Africa, History, Tusker Legacy with 1 Comment
BENIN JAIL

Anyone who says that youth is wasted on the young must have missed that page in the manual describing how to go out and grab life by the boleros when the call to adventure comes.

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COTTON KILLS

By on August 2, 2013 in Adventure, Guides and Crew, Kilimanjaro
COTTON KILLS

Back in the late 70s, long before Eddie Frank would become a world-renowned expert in high altitude climbing, he made his first attempted climb of Kilimanjaro and almost never made it off the mountain alive.

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IF HIS MAJESTY HAS COUNTED, IT HAS TO BE 100% CORRECT

By on June 28, 2013 in Adventure, Africa, History, Tusker Legacy with 1 Comment
IF HIS MAJESTY HAS COUNTED, IT HAS TO BE 100% CORRECT

That immortal line quoted in the title above found its way into Eddie’s brain, out of his mouth, and into the annals of adventure as one of the – until now – least known epic comebacks ever.

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THE BANGUI BOTTLENECK

By on March 5, 2013 in Adventure, Africa, History, Tusker Legacy with 1 Comment
THE BANGUI BOTTLENECK

At precisely the same time as the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 3,000 miles away, Eddie Frank’s fledgling Tusker Trail was undergoing a little crisis of its own.

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OTHER ANNAPURNAS

By on February 1, 2013 in Adventure, Asia, History, Mountains, Nepal

On June 3, 1950, Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal summited Annapurna I, the first of the world’s fourteen 8,000 meter peaks to be climbed.

Herzog’s account of the epic climb may have been one-sided, but his feat of reaching the impossible continues to resonate. As Herzog writes, “There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men.”

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THE GENIUS AMONG US

By on November 30, 2012 in Amazing Individuals, Family, Tusker Legacy
THE GENIUS AMONG US

Approaching midnight, on November 19, 2012, when Tusker founder Eddie Frank’s father, Mike, passed away peacefully at Eddie’s home, with Eddie and his wife Amy by his side – as they tell it, with a grin on his face – the world lost a true genius.

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