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Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds

Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father/Son Journey Above the Clouds [Kindle Edition]

Tim Ward
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Tim Ward walks up the mountain with his 20-year-old son, and together they explore the power of stories. Amid hallucinogenic walks, bizarre gastronomy, and sing song Tanazian guides, they illuminate the power and the delusion of the stories we often tell ourselves,and how In letting old stories go, we can find the key to transforming our world. --(Carter Roberts, President, World Wildlife Fund US)

As with all of Ward's books, it's challenging, exhilarating, brave and profoundly human - I came away from it feeling stimulated, enriched, and also genuinely honoured that an author would take me on such an intensely personal journey. The father-son relationship comes leaping off the page, and the intellectual dimension sizzles and crackles --(Ian Weir, author of Daniel O'Thunder)

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A father and son climb Mount Kilimanjaro. On the journey to the roof of Africa they traverse the treacherous terrain of fatherhood, divorce, dark secrets and old grudges, and forge an authentic adult relationship. The high-altitude trek takes them through some of the weirdest landscapes on the planet, and the final all-night climb to the frozen summit tests their endurance. On the way to the top father and son explore how our stories about ourselves can imprison us in the past, and the importance of letting go. The mountain too has a story to tell, a story about Climate Change and the future of humankind - a future etched all too clearly on Kilimanjaro’s retreating glaciers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780993390
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing; Reprint edition (7 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087GZ9YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A THRILLING TREK ON EVERY LEVEL! 22 May 2012
Zombies on Kilimanjaro is a satisfying and thrilling experience on so many levels--for the physical exploit of the climb that challenges body and soul; for the exquisite travelogue in sumptuous detail that satisfies your lust for new territory and makes you feel you are on that climb with them yourself, meeting international travelers along the way; for the majestic terrain and what you learn about the ecological/environmental ramifications of the sobering legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren;for the deep conscious soul exploration of a painfully honest man's earnest quest for truth; and most of all, for the profound yearning for the reconnecting of an estranged relationship and the satisfaction that successful bonding brings. In this case, it is the heart-warming story of a father and 20-year-old son; but all of us who yearn for that connection with a loved one--be it son, daughter or parent, sibling or lover--will relate to the emotional realizations of these delightful "Zombies" on their fascinating journey. In all of his provocative books, Tim Ward pushes the boundaries of courage. In every case, it is worth the read and the ride. --Mardeene B. Mitchell, writer and writing coach, Visionaries to Light, Inc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky 17 Aug 2013
By Brian R
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Since my son has climbed Kilimanjaro I thought it
would make a good gift; he says it is not very realistic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relive the experience 12 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having recently got back from doing the same route up Kili, I can't quite bring myself to read this - the trip was tough and I'm not quite ready to go through some of the horrors again. A couple of my friends read it during the trip and it seemed to ring very true. Not that I am not immensely pleased and proud that I climbed Kili and got to the top (all of us did),I can't quite yet look back on the experience with affection or nostalgia!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rite of Passage for Modern Men 25 May 2012
There are very few rituals for making boys into men in our culture, the ones that come to mind are going into the military, becoming part of a gang (with its attendant parodies of sacred initiations) and fraternity hazing. None of these speaks to me as a true ritual rite of passage; one that leave the participants feeling changed within and without for the better and having become part of something much larger. This father/son journey up the highest mountain in the world has all the ingredients that make this an excellent rite of passage-physical challenge,Nature, fear, and contemplations and conversations that lead to greater self-knowledge. I have heard from my men friends for years about the lack of manhood ceremonies and they all found it to be a missing in their lives. When I heard of this book I was so proud of Tim Ward for coming up with what I thought was a perfect ritual-imagine my surprise to find out that it had occurred spontaneously. The time-honored formula did its trick though and the end of the journey both men are forever changed. Another important aspect of this book is the conversations that led Tim and his son Josh to a better understanding of memes ("A meme is a special kind of idea.It's an idea we can pass on to other people, things like information skills,facts, gossip, scientific knowledge. Replicability-that's the key feature of a meme."-author.)and their place in our evolution. Tim reminded me in his book that it is better to think about the memes you allow in , or at least to be aware of memes at all than to be acted upon by them subconsciously. The thing that really tied this book together for me and was very powerful was Tim's ability to be aware of himself in the center of the generational flow and look both at his son's reaction to him as a dad and Tim's reaction to his own father from the son perspective. I think this is a great book for fathers, sons and the women who love them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough Trek with Hidden Depths 16 Jun 2012
This is a gripping travel book with a difference, because it is a multi-layered and well-written narrative that informs and nourishes the reader in differnt ways. At first sight, the work seems a straightforward and colourful account of an ascent of Africa's highest mountain, the delicate ecological balance of which is being tragically threatened by climate change. But the fact that the journey is being undertaken by a seasoned traveller, who is struggling to come to terms with a failed marriage, and his son, who has become estranged from his father due to the trauma of the family breakup, provides an unexpected dimension to the tale. Hidden depths in their relationship are revealed as the author discovers that the very challenges of the tough trek are in fact Life's most valuable gift. The shared hardship brings father and son together again in glad reconciliation as the climb reaches its arduous but successful conclusion. Tim Ward shows courage in the frank and sensitive way he explores painful aspects of his relationships, not only with his son and former wife, but also with his own father.
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