Why don’t you stay in the wilderness? Because that isn’t where it is at; it’s back in the city, back in downtown St. Louis, back in Los Angeles. The final test is whether your experience of the sacred in nature enables you to cope more effectively with the problems of people. If it does not enable you to cope more effectively with the problems—and sometimes it doesn’t, it sometimes sucks you right out into the wilderness and you stay there the rest of your Life—then when that happens, by my scale of value; it’s failed. You go to nature for an experience of the sacred…to re-establish your contact with the core of things, where it’s really at, in order to enable you to come back to the world of people and operate more effectively. Seek ye first the kingdom of nature, that the kingdom of man might be realized.
Willi Unsoeld, Spiritual Values in Wilderness. After our climb of Kilimanjaro, one of our expedition leaders, Chris Warner, referenced Unsoeld and told our team that the success of our climb will not be based on the fact that we all summitted. Rather, the true measure of success will be rooted in how our team takes the lessons we all learned during our time together on the mountain. As such, we will work hard to engage in our day-to-day lives with a lot of love, compassion, appreciation, and kindness.