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 [...]
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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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. [...]
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 [...]
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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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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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 [...]
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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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 [...]
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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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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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.
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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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?
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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