Why did I climb the tallest mountain in Africa?

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Getting ready for the final ascent to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro - Moshi, Tanzania

Mt. Kilimanjaro - the tallest free standing mountain on earth.  The highest mountain in Africa - 19,341 ft. / 5,895 meters.  Even after I started the climb, I didn't know why I was doing it.  I thought about it a lot.  Why was I spending $1,250 and 7 days of my trip to climb a mountain.  I hate hiking.  I'm not an 'outdoorsey' guy.  Why was I doing this?  I could be on some beach in Zanzibar or somewhere more enjoyable in Africa. 

I thought about it more and more.  And, it never came to me.  Not until it was over.  

And when it was over, it became CLEAR.   

This climb represented life.  You see, there were good times and bad - easy and hard - exhilarating and lazy - enjoyable and painful, beautiful and barren.  Sometimes it was easy.  Sometimes difficult.  There were times I felt good and times I was sick.  There were realized expectations and many surprises.  Every day I continued on - up up up - forward forward forward - to Uhuru Peak, the summit.  And suddenly it was over.  Just like life

Suddenly I was looking back at the past 7 days and everything I had been through.  Suddenly I realized why I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It was about the journey - NOT the destination.

world-traveller123 says:
Good blog
on the trek, how do u charge the batteries for your camera?
Posted on: Jul 29, 2012
crazytourist says:
Great video and great story.
Posted on: Oct 14, 2009
sybil says:
which outfitter did you use and which route did you take?
Posted on: May 12, 2008
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Getting ready for the final ascen…
Kili from my hotel in Moshi, Tanza…
Kili from my hotel in Moshi, Tanz…
Mt. Kilimanjaro from my hotel in M…
Mt. Kilimanjaro from my hotel in …
Starting through the rain forest.
Starting through the rain forest.
Day #1 is done.
Day #1 is done.
Kili from our Day #1 camp: Machame…
Kili from our Day #1 camp: Macham…
Rubina, me, Ellie and Gabriel.
Rubina, me, Ellie and Gabriel.
Close up view
Close up view
My bag.
My bag.
a long way to go...
a long way to go...
A porter carrying a chair - so we …
A porter carrying a chair - so we…
me and Rubina at 15,600 ft.  We cl…
me and Rubina at 15,600 ft. We c…
strange vegetation
strange vegetation
Kili looming in the clouds.
Kili looming in the clouds.
Up up up. Porters carrying stuff o…
Up up up. Porters carrying stuff …
Day #1 - Machame Hut at 9,500 ft.
Day #1 - Machame Hut at 9,500 ft.
Rubi and Ellie.
Rubi and Ellie.
A cloud forest
A cloud forest
Porterd entertaining at dinner.
Porterd entertaining at dinner.
me and Rubi at 7 am - with Mt. Mer…
me and Rubi at 7 am - with Mt. Me…
Gabe and Ellie with Mt. Meru in th…
Gabe and Ellie with Mt. Meru in t…
Up, Up, Up, with porters carrying …
Up, Up, Up, with porters carrying…
Rules are meant to be broken (kidd…
Rules are meant to be broken (kid…
From my tent to Rubis.
From my tent to Rubi's.
Getting closer.  This is from 12,3…
Getting closer. This is from 12,…
Above the clouds, but still a LONG…
Above the clouds, but still a LON…
Our campsite from 12,500.
Our campsite from 12,500.
Me and Rubina at 7 am and still 9,…
Me and Rubina at 7 am and still 9…
Im a poser.
I'm a poser.
Our group - ready to roll.
Our group - ready to roll.
Ill wear ANYTHING to stay warm.  …
I'll wear ANYTHING to stay warm. …
Yes - they carry everything on the…
Yes - they carry everything on th…
...and so does Rubi.
...and so does Rubi.
...and further back!
...and further back!
Looking back on our path.
Looking back on our path.
Up up up.  A long way to go.
Up up up. A long way to go.
Our camp on Day 5 - 15,300 ft!
Our camp on Day 5 - 15,300 ft!
Ready to roll (or pose for the cam…
Ready to roll (or pose for the ca…
Ellie and Gabriel ready for the su…
Ellie and Gabriel ready for the s…
Looking across at the other summit…
Looking across at the other summi…
Thats where were headed....
That's where we're headed....
Thats where were headed.
That's where we're headed.
Looking like the moon with still 7…
Looking like the moon with still …
The clouds and sunrise - climbing …
The clouds and sunrise - climbing…
The beginning of dawn...
The beginning of dawn...
Zoomed into the clouds.
Zoomed into the clouds.
and let there be light...
and let there be light...
Sunrise going up up up...
Sunrise going up up up...
Sunrise near the summit - around 1…
Sunrise near the summit - around …
Pinks and oranges.... above the cl…
Pinks and oranges.... above the c…
Above the world.... around 17,500 …
Above the world.... around 17,500…
The ice colors are amazing.
The ice colors are amazing.
and then there was light!
and then there was light!
Im cold and sick.  Give me a brea…
I'm cold and sick. Give me a bre…
Looking down at our path.
Looking down at our path.
The glaciers are here.
The glaciers are here.
Getting closer....
Getting closer....
...and closer....
...and closer....
Above the glaciers, but still only…
Above the glaciers, but still onl…
Above the world...
Above the world...
The summit!!  Almost there!!!
The summit!! Almost there!!!
me and Rubina!
me and Rubina!
The summit!  19,341 ft. (5,895 m)
The summit! 19,341 ft. (5,895 m)
Our crew at the summit.
Our crew at the summit.
I am TOTALLY sick here.  At the to…
I am TOTALLY sick here. At the t…
above the glaciers.
above the glaciers.
Glaciers!  Up close and personal!
Glaciers! Up close and personal!
Our porters and we....
Our porters and we....
My guide and me.
My guide and me.
Our team.
Our team.
At the bottom.  We did it!!!
At the bottom. We did it!!!
Aftermath: Ellie and Rubi checkin…
Aftermath: Ellie and Rubi checkin…
me and Gabe - happy and super tire…
me and Gabe - happy and super tir…
At the bottom.
At the bottom.
Rugged, tired, and victorious.
Rugged, tired, and victorious.
My first post-beer.
My first post-beer.
Kilimanjaro
photo by: sarahsan