Climb Like a Mzungu is a book about personal transformation through adventure and self-discovery obtained on the sharp end of a rope. It is an outdoor adventure memoir about the risk and rewards of rock and ice climbing. The conflicts are straight-forward: my own fears and the unknown mountain elements. My success is made possible by my team. I am lucky to find great friends to climb with and help me overcome obstacles that, at first, hold me back. My journey also includes the wrenching experience of losing friends and family, and describes how climbing helps me to process both fear and grief.
It’s just the need to break up the weekly routine which finds me out in Washington State. No, I did not travel by the usual conventional means; I hitchhiked across the Trans-Canadian Highway from Ottawa to Vancouver. Three thousand miles is a long way to go, but my lust for adventure and mountaineering has finally brought me to Paradise.
I was born the color of royal blue. My umbilical cord was wrapped about my neck and the British doctor was able to quickly unwind it to enable me to…