An Epic Clymb Adventure: Travel Journal

The Clymb: What was the inspi­ra­tion for this trip?
Samuel Rose: One of my clos­est friends passed away sud­den­ly two weeks before I was set to study abroad in New Zealand. I was crushed by the loss and since then I use him as moti­va­tion to live life to the fullest. Hence the idea for this trip was born. 

Why these adven­tures specifically?
This trip will be about 10 months long and I plan to vis­it over 30 coun­tries. I bought a round the world plan tick­et with Star Alliance. The Clymb pro­vid­ed me with a way to go see Africa, Egypt, Kil­i­man­jaro, and Ever­est Base Camp–places I felt uncom­fort­able doing on my own or pre­ferred in a group set­ting. The main theme was to keep me busy and to push my body and mind as much as pos­si­ble. Trav­el­ing is a beau­ti­ful puz­zle and the pieces are fun to put together.

What were some highlights?
Egypt was my favorite non-moun­tain­ous area. The coun­try gave off such an amaz­ing vibe. Kil­i­man­jaro was insane and the peo­ple there were tru­ly incred­i­ble, our porters could not have been bet­ter. Ever­est Base Camp was the best thing on this entire journey. 

It was the jour­ney of a life­time with­in the jour­ney of a lifetime. 

What made this trip special?
The peo­ple I have met along the way. The friends I have got­ten to trav­el with and the places I have got­ten to go. I am so thank­ful and blessed and I won’t be able to ful­ly com­pre­hend what I have done for some time. 

How has this trip impact­ed the way you live now?
The con­stant chang­ing of plans forces you to be flex­i­ble and deal with adver­si­ty. There have been no bad days on this trip, only bet­ter days.

Where do you want to go next? 
After trav­el­ing nomad­i­cal­ly for near­ly 10 months, I am mov­ing to Israel to teach Eng­lish in Beit She’an, an impov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ty in the north.

For more infor­ma­tion on tak­ing a Clymb Adven­ture, check out our page here.