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Daniel Dorr
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Book Description

3 Oct 2010
Mount Kilimanjaro is sometimes called "Everyman's Everest" because it is possible for a novice climber to reach the summit. And every year, more than 30,000 adventure tourists try. But for each person who goes to the mountain, there are thousands more who chat about it at cocktail parties, making plans to go...someday. That's how Daniel Dorr got started: flirting with a beautiful brunette over hot cocoa and spouting impressive plans. Six months later, he was lying on the cold gravel trail at 18,000 feet, panting and hacking in the darkness. This is a humorous and inspirational account of how far one man will go to impress a woman and conquer Africa's highest mountain. Dorr is a typical marketing exec by day but, amped up by his re-acquaintance with a romantic interest, he gained the determination to pursue one of his lifelong dreams -- summiting Kilimanjaro. When Dorr left behind the familiarity of his weekend-warrior lifestyle in Southern California to reach the top of the 19,340-foot peak, he didn't realise he would cross a threshold to a new way of life. As he fondles expensive hi-tech gear, gets vaccinated for the jungle, travels local-style across East Africa, and vomits on top of the African continent, readers share in the rewards, both large and small, of reaching for personal fulfilment through adventure travel.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 1st, 2010 edition (3 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594853703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594853708
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of Kilimanjaro & East Africa: A Climbing and Trekking Guide --Cameron M Burns

About the Author

Daniel Dorr has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice as well as other mountains in California, Nevada, and Washington states. He co-founded Kilimanjaro Adventures with his wife, Lisa, which promotes and leads tours in Tanzania. When he is not out exploring the world and having fun in far off places, Dorr is earning a living as a Marketing Manager for Hewlett-Packard.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book from beginning to end 4 April 2014
I liked the book, but also the very evocative nice cover.
I have climbed upto 4200 meters, to the Annapurna Basecamp in Nepal, and also experienced high altitude sickness, so I could sympathize wirh the aurhor for being sick.
Daniel Dorr (the author) wrote a vivid and honest account of this climb to the top of the Kikimanjaro. Whether he made it or not, I'm not going to tell, because that would mean spoiling the fun for other readers.
So, all I have to say is, if you are into climbing, buy the book. You won't be sorry (I hope!).
And if you intend to climb it, don't read it. The reading might put you off. Unless you enjoy suffering, because that's what alpinism is all about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great realistic outdoor adventure with tangible and fun characters 25 Oct 2010
By Michael Davis - Published on
I was in the mood for a good outdoor adventure book that was not far out fiction when someone suggested this book to me. I was not disappointed. The story is well written, the characters were so real they reminded me of several people I know. The descriptions of the scenery were explicit and moving and the occasional humor throughout made this book a great read. The only problem is that now I have to find some money to take my own trip up Kilimanjaro!:-)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refresh Up High 15 Feb 2011
By Matthew Morine - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading theology book after theology book for a few months in preparation for the Theology in Ministry class, I was excited to read a light book about mountain climbing. It has been a dream of mine to climb this mountain. People call this a "everyman Everest." This is because you can climb it with no technical skills. Not that climbing this peak is easy, any time you go up to over 19,000 feet, it is going to cause some pain. People struggle climbing up to 14,000 feet, so adding 5000 more feet is going to hurt. The author does an excellent job of making this book fun. It was exciting to hear about his adventures. He talks about the history of the peak, the place of African, the people of the land, and some about his heart. He seemed to really connect with this culture. You noticed yourself in reading this book, rooting for the guy. He was just a average joe, but a good guy. You seem to like him in the book, not because he is great, but because he is just a guy who tries to climb this huge peak. It was a excellent adventure book and just what I needed after a couple months of theology. I needed to know that there was still fresh air up high.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real and Experiential Narrative 25 Feb 2014
By Gautam Bhalla - Published on
I could see myself in the resonated with my experience in many places....
Sensitive and Objective at the same time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bummed Out (though, see UPDATE) 27 Feb 2013
By Eric G. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
So as not to give the wrong impression with how I titled this review: I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I read the Kindle version while summiting Kili for the first time on 2/18/13. The guide referred to throughout the book, Mohamed, was one of several assistant guides I climbed with. Daniel's description of him was spot on, and I grew an immense affection for him and the many other Africans who helped us accomplish our dream of climbing to the top of Africa.

So why was I bummed out?? Mohamed had absolutely NO IDEA that this book had ever been written or that his picture was being used. He speaks and reads English fairly well and was super excited to see his picture and hear excerpts from the book. I don't understand why Daniel couldn't have, at the very least, sent him a copy of the book... Well, don't worry, Daniel--I am.

For those of you who may someday attempt this climb, you will be blown away by the generosity of the Africans who will be with you. They are an amazing group with huge spirits and hearts. Unlike many of us in first world countries, they work for food, clothing and shelter, not things--and do it with immense grace. Unfortunately, they are often times forgotten after the tourists tag the summit.

UPDATE: Daniel has responded to this review and is going to get in-touch with Mohamed. I'm no longer bummed out. I'm a big fan. Lots of love, Daniel!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like fiction 12 Jan 2013
By Gulliver - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I re-read some parts of the climb many times as I was going through those parts myself. I even made mental notes in my head as I passed some milestones mentioned in the book and it helped me with my motivation through the summit.

I feel bad for the author's wife whom he "praised" for I guess putting up with him as he constantly left her behind because her pace was not fast enough for him. He also had some strong words for other women just because they were in better shape and passed him on the trail. Overall though the book is informative and entertaining and I spent several evenings with it in my tent on the way to the summit.
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