Mt. Kilimanjaro, Round 2

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Round 2

I made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro last week. Besides it being an amazing time with the team and Bob Goff, it was a personal victory for me. The first time I tried climbing that sucker over ten years ago I had no idea what I was doing. I got altitude sickness and had to come down.

But this time, accompanied by a great team and some experience, I made it to the top.

The distance, freezing cold weather and 19,000+ feet of altitude made it miserable. But when it was all said and done I’m glad I did it.

I always learn a lot of spiritual lessons from trips like this. Here are a few of the biggest ones I was reminded of this time:

  1. It’s amazing what you can accomplish by just putting one foot in front of the other. Over and over. Repetition. Every once in a while you need to look up at the summit to remind yourself what you are doing, but then put your head back down and keep moving. The victory comes with every little step.
  2. Who you are hiking with makes all the difference. Find encouraging people and hike with them. Your chances of success increase exponentially.
  3. Don’t let the possibility of failure keep you from trying again. I didn’t make it the first time. It was frustrating, embarrassing, humbling. But I tried it again and it made victory all the sweeter.

Kilimanjaro Summit