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.
Robert P. has held numerous writing, editing, and publishing occupations throughout his distinguished professional career. Robert has also recovered from multiple addictions through twelve-step fellowships.
He has been an active member of twelve-step fellowships for more than four decades, beginning and continuing with Overeaters Anonymous. He also actively participates in Debtors Anonymous and Al-Anon family groups. He owes Alcoholics Anonymous his most sincere gratitude for saving him through the twelve-step way of life AA created. After a lifetime of recovery, he now enjoys happy and fulfilling relationships, financial prosperity, excellent health, and adventures beyond his wildest dreams—all thanks to the twelve-step way of life and the grace of his Higher Power.
In addition to his climb up Kilimanjaro, documented in Taking the 12 Steps Up—and Down—Kilimanjaro, Robert has been on safari in Africa, hiked along the Amazon, and visited the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and more. His US mountain hikes include the Rockies, the Great Smokies, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.