After seeing a documentary about climbing Kilimanjaro, I decided to see if I too could muster up enough confidence to take on the mountain myself. Shortly after seeing the documentary I began making plans for myself and a friend to attempt the majestic climb. I began preparing myself both mentally and physically for what I [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Shrouded in mystery, the name Kilimanjaro is said to have varying interpretations, from “Mountain of Greatness” to “Mountain of Caravans”. There is a word in Swahili, “kilima” which means top of the hill and an additional claim is that it comes from the word “kilemakyaro” which, in the Chagga language, means “impossible journey”. Some argue [...]Continue Reading →
For my first Kilimanjaro climb I was supported by a guide named Mohamed. He was soft spoken, when he spoke at all, but walked with confidence. He had an air about him that just made me trust him, feel safe in his care.
This become critical on my final push for the summit. By [...]Continue Reading →
When I climbed Kilimanjaro I had the help and support of a guide and two porters. Every day the porters have a very simple and, one could argue, uninspiring job: to carry our gear up the mountain.
As we were hiking the second day, a diminutive porter slowly caught us, carrying my tall backpack [...]Continue Reading →
Guest post by Debra Bouwer of Nomadic Adventures.
“Look no further! You’ve found the luckiest bloke in the world.” These were the words of Wayne Sticher, proud participant of the High Sight Expedition to the highest mountain in Africa.
Just three degrees south of the equator, lies Kilimanjaro reaching a height of [...]Continue Reading →