TODAY's Ann Curry Turns Back On Kilimanjaro

Altitude sickness strikes climbing party at 16,000 feet

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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.

Think you’re ready to tackle the roof of Africa? Read our Kilimanjaroguides first.

—Ted Alvarez

Ann Curry turns back from Kilimanjaro summit (MSNBC)

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