Chapter One:

Eight Keys to the Summit



Log:   Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, January 31, 2005, 6:50 A.M. (Elevation 18,500 feet, temperature 22 degrees Fahrenheit, windy.)

The occasional crunch of my feet on the loose scree slope is all I hear. Then the inevitable slipping of my foot in the scree. Otherwise, quiet … and my thoughts:

Approaching the “false” summit now. Sun is dawning in the distance … eerie red glow flowing over everything. What’s that saying …“Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”? But we’re not sailing, just climbing Africa’s highest mountain.

Losing focus. Been climbing this mountain for five days. The last seven hours, the ...

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