Kilimanjaro And Beyond (A Life-Changing Journey)

Kilimanjaro And Beyond (A Life-Changing Journey)

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"If you're the kind of person who can usually find any excuse to talk yourself out of a great idea, this book is the inspiration you need to get out of your comfort zone and make things happen."
Helen Osler, author of Cameras of Kilimanjaro, Australia

It is January 16, 2009, and 60 year-old BARRY FINLAY and his son CHRIS are propped against a rock, struggling to draw a breath on their treacherous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Their destination is tantalizingly close, yet the weather and -- more importantly -- their health will determine the end result. Barry's backpack holds a Canadian flag with the names of over 200 donors mobilized by the climbers back home. The donors have contributed to providing classrooms and clean water for desperately deserving school children in Tanzania. For Barry, this is a life-changing physical, mental and spiritual adventure. Follow along as he and his son strive to climb one of the World's Seven Summits, meet the children who will benefit from their fundraising, and come to an understanding that one or two people really can make a difference. It is a journey that leaves the two with the lasting impression that nothing is more satisfying than reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781457503924
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 783,885
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Kilimanjaro and Beyond (A Life-Changing Journey) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about their journey (not so much the second part of the book ). The break down by day was great. The book contained a lot of useful information for others contemplating their own hike to the summit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KILIMANJARO AND BEYOND (A Life-Changing Journey) ~ by Barry Finlay with Chris Finlay ~ I loved this meticulous chronicle of one man’s ascent (together with his son and another individual fulfilling a lifelong aspiration), to the highest mountain in Africa ~ at once so inspirational and courageous, so human and humane, and so deeply personal that the reader feels they are climbing right along with this small and highly determined group. I was so struck most particularly at how the author, Barry Finlay, shows how everything in his life had been significantly interrelated, from early childhood on the farms of Rapid City and the noble values instilled, to the precipitating health crisis which led him to completely transform and repair himself physically, so much so that the ultimate trek seemed an inevitably from the very beginning. “I am sitting here because of everything that has come before.” The writing style is so personal, filled with richest detail of all the steps leading up, perfectly interspersed with comments from Barry Finlay’s son and best climbing friend as the 2 scaled the mountain, together observing changes in blood pressure, oxygen levels, avoiding altitude illness, confronting points where it just seemed impossible to go on, and the culminating victory of arrival at the summit bearing the flag, signed by 200 glorious names, who had supported their dual purpose journey of not only climbing to the summit but raising funds to build a classroom and to restore clean water for the heartbreakingly impoverished children of Tanzania’s Mwanza. This is a story of victory and renewal, of overcoming of every obstacle, of determined physical and spiritual renewal ~ the heart and substance of which can be applied to any challenge the reader may be confronting in their own life, and certainly if one is interested to climb Mount Kilimanjaro themselves, every detail from the choice of right tour guide to thorough descriptions of all that one needs to make a successful trek up, is richly shared with the viewer. For truly, one feels as if they are indeed viewing the whole climb, experiencing the breathtaking majesty, facing the awesome “unknown”, and coming to new attitudes about life and precious existence in the eternal now, far more than just reading. I highly recommend “Kilimanjaro and Beyond” ~ to all who seek to rise above limitation in their lives, or to simply partake in a most wonderful, transcendent and exhilirating journey, for as Barry Finlay shares with us, there is nothing that cannot be overcome nor achieved with right determination and preparation. Yes, Kilimanjaro…And Beyond! A life changing experience!!! By Reverend Dr. Linda De Coff, Author/BRIDGE OF THE GODS, A Handbook for Ascending Humanity ~ The Golden Pathway to your Highest God Self! http://revdrlindadecoff.authorsxpress.com Founder/New Thought International, Inc. (An Association of Global Centers for World Peace and Enlightenment) http://newthoughtinternational.com
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers Favorite Barry Finlay reached retirement age, content with his lifetime achievements. However, circumstances beyond his control were fixed on thrusting him into a whole new challenge. He and his son, Chris, made the decision to climb Kilimanjaro! Why and how are outlined extensively, with much detail and humor and humility in their book, "Kilimanjaro and Beyond". The planning stages, the preparation and finally the climb, take you along on their journey; one of incredible accomplishment through Barry and Chris Finlay’s determination and perseverance to be the best that they could be. Their focus, of course, is to reach the top of the mountain, and not just any mountain, it is 19,000 feet of volcano! In so doing, the intention is to reward their many supporters and duly repay them for their unfailing backing. Finally, after exhaustive and often dangerous effort, they reach more than one goal. One step leads to another greater one – but you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is! "Kilimanjaro and Beyond" is a story of strength, strong will and determination. I found the story profoundly touching in parts. Overcoming health issues and fear, two ordinary men achieve extraordinary results and touch the lives of many, because they choose to try something new. I got a little overwhelmed with the extensive details, which I realize was absolutely necessary to the overall story; but then I am not a mountain climber and have not had to organize such a major adventure. The italics were somewhat difficult to read on my e-reader, but rest assured, the book is well worth reading. Engrossing story and what comes after is nothing short of incredible!