Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: A Greater Journey

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott December 11, 2012 5

Although we separated along the way, we came together in the end. Personal accomplishment is great, but shared accomplishment is sublime.

If life is a journey, there must be way stations and check points where we are asked to do things that seem beyond us — places where we take stock of where we are, what we are made of, and where we are headed next.

This is Mount Kilimanjaro.

It’s more than a climb. It’s more than (wo)man vs. mountain. It’s more than just about you.  And often, it’s more than you think you can do.

Our first view of Uhuru Peak, the top of Kilimanjaro, keeps us focused.

These are just a few secret ingredients of a transforming life experience.  Our own journey up Mount Kilimanjaro was big, bigger than we’d imagined when we were doing it and surprisingly even bigger still upon reflection.

When we think about travel and personal growth, we find ourselves taking a generous helping of memories and lessons from that mountain — the place where, together with a group of people we now call friends, we put one foot in front of another to get to the top of Africa.

Our guide takes a moment to himself above the clouds.

A few steps together. They become more difficult at altitude, but they get you closer to your goal.

A pause for rest and reflection before the final push to the summit.

A visual reward for setting off early on summit day, sunrise over the glaciers atop Mount Kilimanjaro.



  1. Natalie T. December 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    What an amazing adventure and metaphor for travel. I’m trying to muster up the courage to do this one day and prepare for it!

  2. TammyOnTheMove December 13, 2012 at 2:10 am - Reply

    What an amazing trek. My hubby and I are doing Everest Basecamp next year, but Kili has always been on my bucket list too.

  3. Torby April 17, 2013 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Such journeys are moments in Paradise, I think.

  4. Peter Foyster April 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    A great friend of mine climbed Kili a couple of months ago and he, being an avid trekker / walker said it was possibly the most amazing thing he has done.
    I have just had a Vanguard knee rebuild and hope I can build it up enough to do the climb myself next year.

    Anyone out there who has climbed after knee replacement or rebuild?

  5. Jacob Dorn April 25, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche opined that those things in life that do not destroy us make us stronger. So it is with climbing mountains.

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