Mount Kilimanjaro is sometimes called "Everyman's Everest" because it is possible for a novice climber to reach the summit. And every year, more than 30,000 adventure tourists try. But for each person who goes to the mountain, there are thousands more who chat about it at cocktail parties, making plans to go...someday. That's how Daniel Dorr got started: flirting with a beautiful brunette over hot cocoa and spouting impressive plans. Six months later, he was lying on the cold gravel trail at 18,000 feet, panting and hacking in the darkness. Dorr is a typical marketing exec by day but, amped up by his re-acquaintance with a romantic interest; he gained the determination to pursue one of his lifelong dreams - summiting Kilimanjaro. When Dorr left behind the familiarity of his weekend-warrior lifestyle in Southern California to reach the top of the 19,340-foot peak, he didn't realize he would cross a threshold to a new way of life. As he fondles expensive hi-tech gear, gets vaccinated for the jungle, travels local-style across East Africa, and vomits on top of the African continent, listeners share in the rewards, both large and small, of reaching for personal fulfillment through adventure travel.
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Thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro ?
I thought it gave a very revealing and honest insight to what's needed to climb Kilimanjaro.
Also the author gave some excellent descriptions and showed obvious feeling for Tanzania and the people of Tanzania..a really moving book in lots of ways .
He has a smooth ,easy going tone and accent and really makes you feel as if you're experiencing the highs and lows of the experience.
Yes I think when he makes the decision to turn back ,his pain and sense of failure are so real.
If you're thinking of attempting this trek, then listen to this , if you want to hear about someone's determination to succeed ,listen to this.
I could easily visualize the author's climb
I loved the audiobook. I lthought the voice of the narrator was soft and pleasant to listen to
I liked the sayings like: There is no blessing for being there first
I loved his selfreflection: "I felt like a wimp"
Yes, this book was a pageturner
I have been to.the Annapurna Base Camp (4200 m), in Nepal, so I know how one can suffer from High Altitudes Sickness.