The TODAY Show's Ann Curry got a crash course in the rigors of bagging big peaks when she attempted Kilimanjaro this week: Her team of five decided to abandon their summit bid because of altitude sickness, exhaustion, and other problems.
Curry had hoped to broadcast live from the top of the 19,341-ft. volcano, but her team made the collective decision to turn back at around 16,000 feet. But Curry learned what most of us who spend time high on mountains already know: Often, the journey is more important and satisfying than actually making the summit. Check the footy:
Congratulations on going as far as you did, Ann. But you should prepare yourself for something else once you settle back into your busy lifestyle—namely, a serious addiction to peak bagging. Once you start, it's harder to quit than black tar heroin. I wouldn't be surprised to see you trying for Kili or another big peak next year...it'll give you another chance to use those sick glacier glasses.