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