Taking the 12 Steps Up—and Down—Kilimanjaro is more than a travelogue or adventure memoir; it is a testament to the power of twelve-step programs to enable addicts to enjoy rich and fulfilling lives as they recover from their addictions.
Robert P.’s journey toward recovery began more than forty years ago when he first joined Overeaters Anonymous. As he learned he had to face multiple addictions, Twelve-Step Fellowships helped him to rebuild his life and to heal himself, his finances, and his heart. For his fifty-fifth birthday, he went skydiving, so for his sixtieth, Robert took on an inspiring challenging to raise the stakes and put his resolve—and his recovery—to the ultimate test. He decided to climb Kilimanjaro in the letter and spirit of the twelve steps and twelve traditions.
Through painful experience, Robert learned dozens of recovery—and life—lessons as he scaled the famous summit. He couldn’t reach the peak alone, and he pays sincere tribute to the team that got him safely up and down the mountain.
Robert shares both his inward journey toward lasting recovery and his breathtaking experience on the “Mother Mountain” herself in Taking the 12 Steps Up—and Down—Kilimanjaro.