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No Shortcuts to the Top

The other day I was running during my lunch break.  I was trying to get lost in my music and feeling rushed to get back to work on time.  In other words, I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing.  As I came up to a turn I cut across the parking lot […]

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Lost in Korea at midnight – the importance of planning

The other night I was on the last flight to arrive at the airport for the night.  The concourse was silent except for the soft shuffle of our feet as we all rushed to get our bags and go home.  Looking around at the dark stores and empty seats it reminded me of a late […]

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5 Ways to Save on Climbing Kilimanjaro

Every time I do a Kilimanjaro presentation people ask about how much it costs and how they might save some money.  So here are a few suggestions I’ve come up with over the years and after my own research. 1.  Fly with Ethiopian or South African Air These days the biggest expense is definitely the […]

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5 Training tips to climb Kilimanjaro

One of the most common questions I get is “What is the best way to train for Kilimanjaro?”  Having failed to reach the summit on my first climb, I spent a lot of time learning about what it takes to reach the top of a big mountain like Kilimanjaro. In addition to this great training […]

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Mountains of Motivation

Last week I got a surprise present from my brother Matt.  A t-shirt with a Latin phrase on the front:  Res Firma Mitescere Nescit.  He sent it to me as a gift after I had run the Chicago marathon in October but it had been back-ordered until now.  The phrase may not mean that much […]

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Climbing Kilimanjaro and running marathons

On my last climb up Kilimanjaro I was joined by a  number of folks including Paul, who had trained by running three marathons leading up to the climb.   Three marathons!  I couldn’t believe it.  In spite of severe stomach problems and altitude sickness he still made it to the summit.   For a while I’ve been […]

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