CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin experienced the gamut of emotions — from laughter and exhilaration to tears and despair — during her climb up Africa’s fabled Mount Kilimanjaro with Abercrombie & Kent. It was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she said of summiting the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, a “life-changing experience” that helped her realize, “What's most memorable to me won't be tromping through the snows of Kilimanjaro and reaching the peak. No, when I close my eyes and think of my seven days on Kili: It's singing. It's Dismass [my A&K guide]. It's the breathtaking views of stars overhead. As tough as it is for this goal-driven CNN anchor to admit, it really is about the journey.” Brook wrote about the ten key lessons she took away from that journey in a story published on It’s a worthwhile read for anyone contemplating the momentous climb up Kilimanjaro. Continue to article »