Why climb Kilimanjaro?

Challenge is the core and mainspring of all human activity.  If there's an ocean, we cross it; if there's a disease, we cure it; if there's a wrong, we right it; if there's a record, we break it; and finally, if there's a mountain, we climb it. -- James Ramsey Ullman
Challenge is perhaps the primary driver behind our decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  It is the tallest mountain in Africa.  Its summit resides at an extreme elevation where man is unable to sustain life for any extended duration.  Many have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro since its discovery and first ascent in October of 1889.  Many have been unsuccessful and some have perished in the attempt. 

Climbers are challenged physically and mentally by the weather and altitude.  The mountain presents a worthy challenge with possible outcomes that include both success and defeat as well as life and death.  Kilimanjaro is a compelling challenge and one which has become a source of inspiration and motivation.