Professional poker player Shannon Shorr may not yet have made it to the top of Mount Poker, but this past weekend he did something just as impressive – climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is known as the “summit of Africa” standing 19,341 ft. (over 3 miles) above sea level. The dormant volcano, which the #7 ranked Global Poker Index Player of the Decade (2004-2013) scaled starting on August 1st, is the 4th highest peak on the planet.
Before making the 8 day trek, Shannon talked about his journey on his blog:
I have another big adventure on the horizon. I’m going to climb the Lemosho route of Mount Kilimanjaro in the African country of Tanzania in less than three weeks. It will be quite the journey and takes a full 8 days roundtrip. When I touch down in Tanzania, I will have visited all of the world’s continents aside from Antarctica. I will be on a private climb with Jesse and his younger brother Paul. I expect that this will be very transformative from a personal growth standpoint. It’s a huge bonus to do it with two great friends that I respect so much. I’m sure we’ll learn a lot about ourselves. It will be a test physically to reach the summit of 19,341 feet. I trust that we will all have the endurance and motivation to reach the top, however the altitude poses a bit of a challenge.
Thankfully, Shannon and his mates made it all in one piece. So what’s a guy who just conquered Mount Kilimanjaro do with himself after such a feat? Get back to the grind and fly to Barcelona to play in the upcoming European Poker Tour 100th event, searching of his first major title to go along with his $5.5M mountain of lifetime earnings.