- Paperback: 235 pages
- Publisher: Mountaineers Books (August 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594853703
- ISBN-13: 978-1594853708
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving It All on Top of Africa Paperback – August 3, 2010
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"Daniel Dorr’s Kissing Kilimanjaro is a marvelous story, the kind of narrative that will appeal to readers of hardcore mountaineering literature and casual travel mis-adventure stories alike. His observations about East Africa, the cultures and wildlife, and the adventure he ultimately circles in on–that is, climbing ‘Kili’–are a delightful.” (Amazon.com Editorial)
"Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving It All on Top of Africa, by Daniel Dorr, is an ordinary guy's entertaining account of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after an impromptu promise to a girl he wanted to impress." (National Geographic Traveler)
An Amazon 2010 Book of the Year, Outdoors & Nature (Amazon.com)
About the Author
DANIEL DORR has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice as well as other mountains in California, Nevada, and Washington states. He co-founded Kilimanjaro Adventures with his wife, Lisa, which promotes and leads tours in Tanzania. When he is not out exploring the world and having fun in far off places, Dorr is earning a living as a Marketing Manager for Hewlett-Packard.
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I was nauseous from altitude sickness, exhausted from four days of hiking, and shivering from sub-zero cold. But the biggest battle I'd been fighting all day was a mental one. `Don't quit!' I told myself. `You can do this! Just a little bit farther.' But just as I thought I was winning the mental battle, I started losing the physical one. I collapsed in the snow, unable to move. Is this really how it's supposed to end? But I'm so close! I fight to stand, but can only manage to shake uncontrollably. The bitter disappointment felt so real.
According to my wife, I was thrashing around in bed before I woke in a cold sweat. Realizing I had been dreaming, I looked over at my bedside table to see my copy of Kissing Kilimanjaro. I'd made the mistake of not finishing the book before going to sleep. A mistake I wouldn't make again.
Am I interested in climbing a mountain like Kilimanjaro in real life? No need. I've already been there, and done that.
I feel bad for the author's wife whom he "praised" for I guess putting up with him as he constantly left her behind because her pace was not fast enough for him. He also had some strong words for other women just because they were in better shape and passed him on the trail. Overall though the book is informative and entertaining and I spent several evenings with it in my tent on the way to the summit.