At the end of February I’ll be heading off to trek up the world’s tallest, freestanding mountain. I decided to take on this challenge during the May bank holiday 2014. I’ve thought about climbing Kili a few times before and chickened out but not this time. The first thing was to go shopping for some boots, not my usual killer heels either – some sensible ones ! I upped my fitness activities – more running, netball and walking the 17 fights to my flat and headed off to do the 3 Peaks Challenge in September (Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in under 24 hours). Powered by Jelly beans and chocolate, I managed to complete it within the time limit.
I’ve continued with the training and now with just over 3 weeks to go, I’ve had all my jabs, have my visa and am getting excited about the challenge ahead.
The trek ….
I am taking the Machame route which should take 5 days to reach Uhuru Peak, on my birthday (wonder if I’ll get a cake ?). I can expect to trek through all 4 seasons, from the sunshine and warm weather at the foot of the mountain to -14C during the 8-10 hour walk to the summit. Followed by another couple of days to get back to the luxury of a shower, the swimming pool and a sun lounger. Whilst it’s quite an intense physical challenge the toughest aspect will be the altitude – which no amount of training can prepare you for …. the mountain decides, so they say.
Because I like a challenge and in taking this on I thought I’d try and raise some money for Cancer Research. Wish me luck and if you have any suggestions for my playlist for the mammoth trek on summit night, please feel free to pass them on (I can see for miles and miles, Ain’t no mountain high enough …. have both already been suggested!).
Kam is a Technical Project Manager based in the BJSS London Office.