Chapters

At the beginning of each chapter you might notice a photograph.  Some are mine, others came from folks who have also had a Kilimanjaro adventure.  Here are each of the photos from each chapter:

Chapter 1: Anything for a Beautiful Brunette  – What does it take to motivate a man to agree to leave the comforts of weekend camping and weekday civilization?  To agree to fly around the world to climb 19,340 feet above sea level, to the highest point on the African continent?  A beautiful woman.

Photo by David Macready

Chapter 2:  The Romantic Glow of a Halogen Headlamp – It’s time for training and research to prepare for the challenge we’ve set before ourselves. 

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 3:  Tourist Class – We travel around the world and across East Africa, discovering the beauty of the continent while having a few interesting encounters with our local hosts.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 4:  Baboons Come in and Make Problems – You can’t go all the way to Tanzania without at least a quick visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 5:  Polepole (Swahili for slowly) – Now it’s time to stop goofing off and get up that mountain.  We get to know our guide and porters as well as our fellow travelers from Denmark, Canada, Germany and Switzerland as we ascend via the Machame Route.

Photo by Casey Lary

Chapter 6: Haraka Haraka Haina Baraka (More Swahili) – It’s time for the final summit push.  The last 6 months have all been in preparation for this.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 7:  Out of Africa – Back home to the “real world” and we find it hard to adjust back to life.  Tanzania and the mountain have clearly had a profound affect on us.

Photo by Jaime Rodriguez

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 8:  German Training – I can’t take it any longer.  I have to go back.  An this time the German’s inspire me to train even hard for the climb.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Chapter 9:  There and Back Again – Back on the mountain with Mohamed and a new group of fellow climbers.  We ascend via the Rongai Route this time and it’s very different.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Photo by Daniel Dorr

chapter 10:  This Time With Feeling – Another shot at the summit and it isn’t easy.  But this time there is even more pressure than before.

Photo by Daniel Dorr

Photo by Casey Lary

Chapter 11:  Leave it on the Mountain – Kilimanjaro and Tanzania have forever changed my life.  I’ll never be the same again.

Photo by Ramadhani Mndeme

  • Reviews:

    "Kissing Kilimanjaro is a terrific account of the physical and emotional journey to the top of Kilimanjaro and it is told with humor, an eye for detail, and a sense of humbleness. I started the book the afternoon I received it and I could not put it down until I finished it. Anyone who has ever climbed a mountain, trekked across some storied route, or just dreamed of adventure will relate to this story." --Amazon.com

    “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 escape.”
    —Cameron M. Burns, author, Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide