At almost 20,000 feet!
This was a pinnacle adventure in my life - a profound experience. After seven days of incredible beauty, breathtaking vistas, almost impossible hiking and climbing through five different climatic zones, I was standing on top of the highest peak in Africa, the largest free-standing mountain in the world. It gave me an unimaginable feeling of awe and accomplishment. It will take me a long time to come down from this mountaintop!
This is the story of the dangers, the challenges and the triumphs of a group of ten friends, led by the able guides of Tusker Trail on a nine day adventure to the top of Africa and back down.
When I left South Africa more than 30 years ago, I left a part of my soul there. I think I found it at the summit of Kilimanjaro.
I will live the rest of my life with the dream of Kilimanjaro fulfilled.
THE KILIMANJARO PORTERS ASSISTANCE PROJECT (KPAP)
The profits from this book will benefit the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). The cost of printing each book is $95.95. The sale price of $105.95 includes a $10.00 donation.
Willie Grové was born in South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1978 after marrying an American girl from Columbus, Ohio. Katie and Willie have shared great adventures together and have traveled in many parts of the world. Willie is a Financial Consultant with a major international investment firm, and in 2005 was selected by Baron's Magazine as one of the Top 100 Consultants in America, and as one of the top 20 in Ohio every year from 2009 to 2014. He manages a successful investment practice in Columbus, Ohio and services clients across America. Willie and Katie live in Columbus, Ohio, and New York City. Their son Thomas and daughter-in-law, Yukiko live in Saigon, Vietnam, where Thomas owns a design firm, DxSaigon. Their daughter, Jessica, is a Broadway actress in New York City and is married to Dan Cooney, a fellow Broadway actor. Willie and Katie have two grand sons; Ryusei Grové in Saigon, and Gavin Cooney, in New York.