A native of Alamo, Scott Dinsmore was an entrepreneur and adventurer who died on Saturday while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. According to his family, he was carrying out a long-held goal.
Dinsmore passed away while hiking with his wife, following the advice he gave in his work, in a blog on his website, and in a highly watched Ted Talk. Dinsmore died doing what he loved.
Dinsmore and his wife had already visited more than 20 nations during their global tour before climbing Kilimanjaro. A falling boulder on the Western Breach route claimed the life of the American on the sixth day of their eight-day journey. The annual death toll on Kilimanjaro ranges from 3 to 10.
A cascade of rocks fell down the mountain before he reached the peak, and one of them struck and killed the 33-year-old.
The Western Breach trail is the most hazardous route on the mountain due to its steep, rocky slopes, and this is not the first time someone has died on it. Three climbers were killed by rockfall in 2006, very close to the spot where Dinsmore was struck, causing the route to be temporarily stopped. Authorities may close the route this time, although that is uncertain.
His father, William Dinsmore, said Tuesday from his home in Alamo, “He lived more in his brief 33 years than most do in a lifetime.”
In order to traverse the world for a year, Dinsmore and his wife, Chelsea Dinsmore, included a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in their itinerary. The couple fled their San Francisco home in January after selling everything they had and packing their goods into a couple of bags.
Before climbing the peak in Tanzania, they traveled to 20, according to his wife. On the sixth day of an eight-day walk, he was fatally injured.
He always vowed to live a life without regrets, and he succeeded in doing so, according to Chelsea Dinsmore. He was so content that he was cut off from everything but me and nature when he left us in one of the most stunning spots any of us had ever been. This loss is heartbreaking.
Dinsmore, an Alamo native and Monte Vista High School alum, founded Live Your Legend, a business that encourages people to pursue careers that they are enthusiastic about. The company’s website, http://liveyourlegend.net/, has connections to books, regular articles, videos, and other resources. About 2.5 million people have seen a 2012 TedX talk he delivered that was released online.
Dinsmore revealed in his blog a week before to his passing that he was taking a “digital sabbatical” for the first time in five years.
Chelsea and I spent a few days in Dubrovnik, Croatia, last week to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. We stayed at the same hotel as our honeymoon, he wrote. “Something struck me while I was there.
We were completely off the grid while on our honeymoon. Not even a computer, phone, Wi-Fi, or social media was present. It was flawless.
Dinsmore’s undergraduate roommate, Ozan Karan, described him as the sort of buddy who would encourage him when he needed it and console him when he needed it to weep.
The 36-year-old Karan described him as “bigger than life.” “A passionate individual who desired to get to know everyone personally.”
His father said they are preparing for a memorial, and Chelsea Dinsmore, who arrived back in the Bay Area on Monday, said they are organizing to bring her husband home.
Chelsea Dinsmore remarked, “I see his legend and energy alive and well every day.”
Scott Dinsmore wrote in a blog entry from September 4 that he nearly opted not to go to Tanzania because he didn’t believe he could take a digital vacation.
“How absurd is that? to refuse a trip I’ve been talking about for years because I had convinced myself I couldn’t unplug. Or, to be more honest, because I lacked the confidence to do it. What a catastrophe that would have been.