My Mountain

 

I've wanted to climb Kilimanjaro half my life. August 2013, I walked thru 6 different life zones, starting with a rain forest and ending with glaciers.   

Imagine standing 14km from the equator, over 19,000 feet above sea level. The air is cold but the sun intensely hot.  

We slept at 18,600 feet. Inside the crater of the volcano. You don't sleep at 18,600 feet. You can barely breath and the temperature reaches into the negative double digits. At night my breath would crystalize and fall back on my face. I woke up nauseous with gaps in what transpired that morning.   

So, you may wonder, why? What is up there, at 19,341 feet?  

From the people I shared my journey with, to the regard I hold for myself and most important... The Porters of Kilimanjaro.  

At the top of my mountain I found love.  Kind hearted, overflowing and joyful.  

I trust if you follow your dream, you'll find the same.

 

I'm an 11 year partner {employee} at Starbucks Coffee Company.  

At 10 years, I cashed in my stock and took advantage of a 6 month sabbatical {coffee break} and pursued my dream.  I successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro; collected, transported and donated 1200 pairs of SmartWool socks to the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project; traveled to Rwanda to help build a foot bridge with Bridges to Prosperity, then continued to travel around the world.  

I've never really known what I wanted to 'be' in my life, and this was my opportunity to seize the day and be somewhat selfish. There were no risks, only rewards that would come from my journey.  What I discovered was simple, it's all about people.  I live in a culture that has offered me tremendous opportunity and at the end of the day the only thing that matters is my sense of relatedness with the human race.  

My goal is to encourage others to pursue their dreams.  What you will find out about yourself and others, is something you can't afford not to do.