A few days ago, as my team…

A few days ago, as my team...

A few days ago, as my team prepared for the long summit day on Kilimanjaro, I shared with them a favorite quote from legendary climber and explorer Sir Francis Younghusband. Those who know me know that the summit is, for me, not a big motivator in any climb; it’s part and parcel of the whole, a goal to set the stage for the journey, but not an end in itself – just one point in time. That said, summits do have their draw, their allure, and – fittingly – their rewards. Fortunately, #Kilimanjaro tends to reward effort generously with radiant color across panoramic vistas, and she came through once again for my team this week, giving a “choice gift” for those who struggled mightily, fought hard, and reached the top: “To those who have struggled with them, the mountains reveal beauties that they will not disclose to those who make no effort. That is the reward the mountains give to effort. And it is because they have so much to give and give it so lavishly to those who will wrestle with them that men love the mountains and go back to them again and again. The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits.” @kristenrcavallo @cplating @_mattcavallo #liveyouradventure

Mount Kilimanjaro

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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