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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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Join a Kilimanjaro climb…in 1909!

I just heard about this project and HAD to share this story and images! Have you ever been on a flight and looked at a mountain thousands of feet below and wondered what its name is, whether it has been climbed yet, and if so, who was the first to do so? Using the Royal […]

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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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3 Times failure might be your best option

I frequently talk to business audiences about climbing Kilimanjaro and the lessons it taught me.  One of the big lessons I learned is about the value of failure and that sometimes failure might actually be the best option.  I like to ask my business audiences what they think about that and if failure is an […]

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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 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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Help Tanzania Celebrate 50 Years of Independence

Tanzania turns 50 this year. Share your story with the people and President of Tanzania. Thousands of people like you and I have visited Tanzania over the last 50 years.  We each have our own stories about climbing Kilimanjaro, wildlife safaris and experiencing this beautiful culture.  On Dec. 9th 2011 Tanzania will celebrate 50 years […]

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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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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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New Kilimanjaro Book

The book is finally here! The Mountaineer Books has published my adventure travel narrative Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa. It’s an inspirational and sometimes humorous account of what it took an ordinary guy to reach the top of the African continent.

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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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Too old for Kilimanjaro?

You’re never too old to do something extraordinary. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was possible for an 82 year old man from the UK, it was possible for my friend’s 73 year old father, and it’s possible for Bill Clinton. If they can do it, why not you?

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Inspiraton from Tanzania

I just recently heard the story of Tanzanian Olympic marathon running John Stephen Ahkwari.  While competing in the 1968 marathon he fell early in the race and was injured, ending any hopes you might have of winning.  After his leg was bandaged he stood up and continued to limp along the race route.  After all […]

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Life Changing Experience

Learn more about how climbing Kilimanjaro can be a life changing experience. Inspire others with your story.

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