Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro Inspires Author David Schachne

Written by Thomson Safaris

Dave Shane at the summit on Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s hard to believe it was exactly five years ago this coming week that I reached the summit of Kilimanjaro. The U.S. was about to enter a deep recession, with the stock market reeling, but we were only focused on one thing – getting to the summit. The trek was an amazing experience.  My guide was the nicest guy in the world.  The porters were amazing – constantly singing and dancing and enjoying themselves as they accompanied us each day, while carrying our heavy gear.  I gave them a generous tip and much of my gear at the end of the trek.  We couldn’t have done it without them.

It was a huge accomplishment to be able to reach the summit. It has inspired me to do so many new things. I recently just published my first book, The Trek, about a journey I took in the Himalayas a few years prior to going to Africa. It’s a comedy adventure and describes in detail my experience trekking to the summit of Kala Patthar near Everest Base Camp.

The Kilimanjaro trip, in retrospect, was perfect (as I describe near the end of my book) since it’s one (very) big hill to climb, in a reasonable amount of time, versus what I went through in Nepal. I look forward to doing it again with my family one day.

David Schachne
Kilimanjaro Western Approach Trek, September 2008

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