Why would anyone climb Kilimanjaro?

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When I tell people I’m climbing Kilimanjaro I get one of three reactions:

  1. Rare: “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but totally worth it”
  2. Sometimes: “It’s on my bucket list”
  3. Most often: “You’re crazy”

The first inspire me, the second I inspire and the rest I hope will enjoy the stories!

Ali Barqawi has done an amazing job capturing the experience of the climb. The team he documented climbed to raise awareness for the Syrian crisis and raise funds for Karam.

We will be funding our own climb and raising money to make sure that we give back to the country that is welcoming us and letting us face our personal challenges in a special place. Our charity is Monochrome International, an Australian not-for-profit that empowers children who would not otherwise attend school (including an adorable girl named “Jennifer” I hope to meet!).

We are 8 climbers, and each one of us is climbing for our own reasons. Over the next two months, we will be sharing what motivates us to get out of our comfort zones and touch the roof of Africa.

I have to admit, a lot of my motivation is knowing that I get to dance with these guys!

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Jennifer Fein
Jennifer Fein
Jen Fein is the product visionary behind YouLi and epic group travel planner. After years of building digital products as an engineer and product manager for others, she’s now determined to make software that empowers passionate people to create unique group travel businesses. She is also the co-author of Ready to Start? Becoming an Entrepreneur in Australia.