Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it all on top of Africa

A New Adventure Travel Memoir by Daniel Dorr

Book Cover for Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving it all on top of Africa by Daniel Dorr

Mount Kilimanjaro is sometimes called the “everyman’s Everest” because it’s possible for even a novice to reach the summit.  That’s how Daniel Dorr got started; a novice who was trying to impress a beautiful brunette with dreams of adventure.  Six months later he was laying on the cold gravel trail in Africa at 18,000 feet, panting and hacking in the darkness suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness.  But it didn’t end there.

Kissing Kilimanjaro” is a detailed and sometimes humorous account of a regular guy who goes from the comforts of home to the rigors of a 19,340 foot mountain.  Join Dorr as he fondles expensive gear, travels local-style across East Africa, confronts a Maasai warrior, trudges up the mountain and vomits on the top of the African continent.

Follow him through the minor inconveniences and major self-discoveries that come with mountaineering.  It’s the story of an ordinary man trying to do something extraordinary and all the rewards—both large and small—of reaching for personal fulfillment through adventure travel, physical challenge, and the ability to leave it all on the mountain.

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  • 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."

    “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