New Kilimanjaro Book

Kissing Kilimanjaro by Daniel Dorr book cover

Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving It All on Top of Africa

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 for an ordinary guy to reach the top of the African continent.  Join me as I fondle expensive gear, travel local-style across East Africa, confront a Maasai warrior, trudge up the mountain (twice), and vomit on top of the African continent. It's the story of an ordinary man trying to do something extraordinary and all the rewards--both large and small--of reaching for personal fulfillment through adventure travel, physical challenge, and being willing to leave it all on the mountain. So far the reviews on have been very nice and we've already been able to set up a number of local events.    It was a 4 year journey for this book to go from inside my head to the bookshelf and many times it seemed like getting it published was even more work than climbing Kilimanjaro.  But with the help of friends, family and the Mountaineer Books it is finally here.  I really hope you enjoy it. But please remember, this is just one story, my story.  We still want to hear all about your adventures too.  Please post your own adventures in our Climber Community.
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  1. Cindy G
    June 20, 2014 | Permalink

    My husband and I are booked to climb Kili Feb. 2015. A friend suggested your book – it was fantastic! You did a great job bringing the realism to words. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I was moved to tears while reading it. Thank you for this and for the great summary of how to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally as well. It has inspired me to bring along a journal to document the details so we can later reflect on a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Congratulations!

    • ddorr
      June 21, 2014 | Permalink

      Hi Cindy,
      Thanks so much for your kind note. I’m so glad you enjoyed climbing Kilimanjaro with me through the book. I’m sure your own adventure will be even more exciting and fulfilling. I look forward to hearing all about your success upon your return. Also, please feel free to join us on Facebook to share your adventure and read about other’s.

      Thank you,

  2. Amy Faustino
    August 28, 2012 | Permalink

    I read your book after reading Into Thin Air and wanting to learn more about what drives people to climb. I thoroughly enjoyed your book! I appreciate your honesty and love the way you told your story. The ending was priceless and made me laugh out loud. Please go on another adventure and write more! Now if I can only talk my husband into attempting Kilimanjaro….

    • ddorr
      August 28, 2012 | Permalink

      Hi Amy
      So glad you liked it. I look forward to seeing your own adventure story added here in the future.

  3. Timothy Dunn
    August 18, 2011 | Permalink

    I just finished reading Daniel Dorr’s book Kissing Kilimanjaro. My daughter and I climbed Kili four years ago and this book brought it all back. Great job in recording your climb. You’ve inspired me to put my thoughts into writing. Thanks.

    T. Dunn
    West Hartford, CT

  4. July 27, 2011 | Permalink

    your book is in one of our videos –

    here is the link:

    episode #1 at the 4 minutes 15 second mark


  5. Judy Markle
    April 3, 2011 | Permalink

    I read the book twice. Before attempting Kili ourselves, my partner and I read it and wondered if we were crazy or delusional to take on this challenge. (We’d both be celebrating our 59th birthdays on the Africa trip.) Your account drove us to train very thoroughly for the climb and outfit ourselves well. Thanks for that! After successfully completing the trek to Uhuru Peak, via the Marangu route, enjoying a safari and Zanzibar, then recovering from jet lag back at home, I read the book again. This time it was completely real! From staying at Springlands to trekking all the way back from the summit to Horombo, to taking too many pictures of baboons etc. I applaud your diligence in making the effort to record your adventures in such detail. (BTW the summit was covered with deep, new snow for our ascent, Feb. 17, 2011) We’ll recommend the book to other crazies who want to climb Kili.

    • ddorr
      April 3, 2011 | Permalink

      You totally made my day! Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with me and the other readers. I’m thrilled to hear you made it to the top after all that hard work, and with all that snow too. Congratulations!

      Thank you,

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