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Can risking your life on a mountainside make you a better entrepreneur?

By Mark Henricks

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Jason Niedle went to Mount Kilimanjaro in search of adventure.He found a rainbow of experience ranging from inspiration toexhaustion.

Hiking through the African rain forest to approach the sides ofthe dormant Tanzanian volcano was "really beautiful,"recalls the 31-year-old Anaheim, California, entrepreneur. Thatchanged after they began the high-altitude part of the ascent tothe 19,340-foot peak. "It was a brutal grind," saysNiedle, co-owner of 15-person Printmedia, a printing company. "I'dtake a step and breathe and take the next step and breathe. After acouple of hours of that, I was ready to give up."

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