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D.C. lawyer out of his comfort zone on Kilimanjaro hike

A. Scott Bolden on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, before the "flying dragons." (Courtesy of A. Scott Bolden)

Warning to D.C. lawyers: You may be able to juggle multiple BlackBerrys, secure a table at the Palm and commandeer a corner suite, but these skills do not necessarily translate to mountain climbing. So A. Scott Bolden learned this month when he attempted to scale Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro and came back down the hard way.

"I wanted to get out of my comfort zone," he said, "but [gosh dang]!"

Bolden is known for repping clients in awkward spots -- the contractors accused of getting a city deal via Fenty frat-brother favoritism, White House crasher Carlos Allen, "Real Housewife" Cat Ommanney. (Also: A costly, losing '06 run for the D.C. Council.) He told us he trained hard and dropped 20 pounds for the hike of Africa's tallest peak -- a fundraiser for learning-disabled children -- with several colleagues from K Street firm Reed Smith.

But after a few days of climbing, he took ill in the thin air of base camp. Bolden was determined to soldier on for the final push to the 19,341-foot peak -- but at 17,000 feet, hallucinations hit: "Flying dragons!" he said. Then he just kind of toppled over. A medic was about to do mouth-to-mouth before Bolden summoned the strength to wave him off. "Oh God," he moaned. "It was awful."

They ordered him off the mountain -- on a stretcher. Two porters steered him down the cold, bumpy path, but lost control -- and Bolden went rolling down the slope, the men chasing after him. He walked the last couple of hours, overheating through the rain forest, and visited a hospital briefly. But yes, he survived -- and still wants to finish those last 2,300 feet.

"But I just want to go back to 17,000 feet and start from there," he said. "Is that possible?"

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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DC lawyer tries to climb mountain -- and the Post actually runs with that and a picture? Thanks, I'll send my vacation photos next time I head for the Rockies.

Posted by: lightenup2 | October 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah,no sharks up there to keep you company fratboy!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

He saw dragons!!! Come on, he can do better than that...I think he saw money flying away from him,because of Mayor Fenty being voted out!
I know of a woman that used to work for Fenty and she climbed Kilmanjaro in July, not only did she get to the top but went by way of the Western Breach! FYI she saw no dragons!! Now that's the person you should be writing about...not Fenty's Frat Friend.

Posted by: DCWatcher3 | October 21, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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