Daniel Leonard

    Daniel Leonard

    Lead Tanzanian Guide

    Daniel was raised in Arusha, Tanzania and has been working on Kilimanjaro with Alpine Ascents since 2009.  Most recently he has led most of our private teams over the last 3 years with an a near 100% success rate.  Daniel is trained and certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Known for his smiles, patience, and easy going manner, he enjoys teaching clients about mountain skills and the history of the Kilimanjaro region. Daniel currently lives in Arusha with his family.  In his spare time he enjoys trail running, hiking, and farming.

    Significant Ascents

    • 100+ ascents of Kilimanjaro


    • 10 years working with Alpine Ascents groups
    • Wilderness First Responder certified
    • Secondary school certificate of education at Enaboishu High School Arusha

    Eric is truly a gifted, world class guide. It was clear from the first moment that Eric functioned as a very effective leader with both the group and the Tanzanian staff (porters, guides, etc.) He provided a source of authority, knowledge, support, and gave individual attention to climbers in need when the situations required. This provided an extra level of satisfaction with the climb that I assume cannot be found elsewhere.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

      Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

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