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Yellowstone: The Serengeti of North America

When you go to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, it’s almost a requirement to visit the Serengeti; which I did and was blown away.  So I was a bit surprised as I was researching for my big camping trip to Yellowstone to learn that some call it the “Serengeti of North America.” Really, the Serengeti? I’ve been […]

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You already know what altitude sickness feels like

I often get asked what altitude sickness feels like.  After collapsing at 18,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Kilimanjaro I have a pretty good idea.  But I don’t think you need to go all that way.  I’m betting that you already know what it feels like. The basic symptoms are straightforward enough; […]

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The Greatest Man I’ve Ever Met

I used to dream about climbing mountains, of achieving greatness by conquering cliffs and peaks around the world; or writing a best selling book that might inspire thousands of readers.   But the recent loss of a dear friend has taught me what it means to be truly great. The man who taught me this lesson […]

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5 ways Kilimanjaro is like fatherhood

Whenever I do a presentation about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro someone almost always asks me what mountain I plan to climb next.  And my response is always the same: “I have two young daughters right now and raising them is the mountain I’m climbing right now.” That leaves some of my more hardcore adventure fans lacking.  […]

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Is your brain limiting your mountain?

A recent lunch with a friend has had me thinking a lot about how I define myself; do I think more about the things that limit me (bad knees, have a cold, busy with kids, blah, blah, blah) or do I spend more time thinking about the things I want to do and accomplish (another […]

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Kilimanjaro Stories – Why Climb Kilimanjaro?

[excerpt from Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa] I used to wonder what would ever possess anyone to trudge up a mountainside on the far sides of the planet, into harsh, frigid winds and thin air, thousands of feet above sea level. For decades men have died trying to reach Earth’s highest […]

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Kilimanjaro – Follow your dreams to the top of Africa

We all have dreams.  And many of us have those dreams we’ve been nurturing for years, just waiting for the right moment or excuse to take action and go for it.  That’s what Kilimanjaro was like for me.  I had dreamed about climbing Kilimanjaro for years before I finally got off my butt and went.  […]

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5 Ways Tanzania Changed My Life

Several years ago I flew off to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and try to impress a beautiful woman. In the end I failed to reach the summit, but I did impress the woman enough for her to marry me. It’s been years since my first visit to Tanzania and I long ago reached Uhuru […]

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5 Lessons from Family Camping

This long, Labor Day weekend we decided to try our hand at family camping again.  Our daughters are almost 4 and 6 years old and we’ve been aching to get outdoors more.  So off we went to Heuston Woods State Park for a little family adventure.  It was predicted to be 100 degrees on Saturday, […]

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5 Ways Kilimanjaro Changed My Life

My journey to the top of Africa changed my life Several years ago I flew off to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and try to impress a beautiful woman.  In the end I failed to reach the summit, but I did impress the woman enough for her to marry me.  It’s been years since my […]

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Seeing the Light of Kilimanjaro

In Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa I shared with readers the life-changing bus ride I took from Arusha to Moshi, Tanzania.   I ended up packed onto a local bus sitting next to a young boy who was going blind from Trachoma.   This simple bus ride effected me so deeply because just […]

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Original Trails

Original Trails specializes in unique adventures with a focus on community based tourism. Their core philosophy is giving back on all their trips by visiting a project to support.  They do Kilimanjaro treks up the Rongai route as well as Zanzibar “spice” island exploring, historical tours and beach breaks. They include cultural experiences like trekking […]

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The Amazing Kilimanjaro Porters

I was at work the other day and our leadership team was talking about how important it is that people feel empowered to make a difference.  One VP said we needed to see more “everyday champions.”  He meant we needed to see more ordinary people who just did their jobs well and made the company […]

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Heart of Kilimanjaro

In Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa I shared my one experience of climbing Kilimanjaro with my friend Mike and his 73-year old father.  In the end, the 73-year old not only beat me to the summit, he made such a positive impression on the guides and porters while we climbed that […]

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Beyond Kilimanjaro

Last week I gave a motivational presentation to the employees of Woolrich, the outdoor clothing store.  Woolrich is located in the small, mill town of Woolrich, PA (surprise).  It’s a lovely, tiny town in the middle of Pennsylvania.  We had the presentation right in one of the old mill rooms, with looms and cloth equipment […]

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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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Blind Climbers Break World Record on Kilimanjaro

Nomadic Adventures helps a group of blind climbers set a world record for the most blind climbers on the top of the African continent.

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Drugs on the Mountain, Do They Help?

Climbing Kilimanjaro can put you at higher risk of altitude sickness. But there are a few things you can do to mitigate the risks and ensure you enjoy the climb every step of the way.

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Mountains and Marathons

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a lot like running a marathon. I know because after climbing Kilimanjaro I’ve now finally run a marathon. Both were exhausting experiences that tested me deeply. But they were also a lot of fun, and a chance to interact with some amazing people.

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Vets Amazing Kilimanjaro Journey

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kilimanjaro is all about helping ordinary people do something extraordinary.  And it doesn’t get any more extraordinary than 3 men with only 1 leg between them making it to the top of the African continent. The 3American veterans wre from three different wars , veterans of […]

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