Kilimanjaro Round 2Posted: May 29, 2013
So it is about 11 pm, we leave in a few hours to go on a day hike of Mount Kilimanjaro! For me this trip is bitter sweet. I’m excited to climb the mountain but I am missing what would have been my last lesson with my form 2 students. I have also been dealing with a cough and stuffy nose, which will hopefully get better before we leave. Since we haven’t actually climbed the mountain yet I thought that I would talk about my feeling before hand and then comeback tomorrow and talk about how it was.
As of right now I’m just hoping to make it through the day without breaking any bones or getting super sick. I am a fairly clumsy person; I manage to trip over air so climbing a mountain could be a bit challenging for me. I really just don’t want to get half way through the climb to have to come back down or not be able to continue with everyone else. I think this is a great start to climbing the Seven Summits even though I’m fairly certain that it will never happen, I can pretend for a few hours tomorrow.
So the ride to Kilimanjaro was like most of our extended car rides, chit-chat and listening to music with an underlying sense of excitement because of the uncertainty about what we were going to experience. Once we got there we were excited to start, after the mandatory group photo, we were on our way.
The hike started off with a steady slope, nothing too steep. I think that gave me a false sense of security. I was soon met with a rude awakening; the steady slope quickly became a steep hill of rocky steps. About half way up I was starting to question why on earth I had been looking forward to this torture. I also started to question if I would even make it to our lunch spot. The one thing I kept reminding myself was that I was on freaking Mt. Kilimanjaro!! HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT!?
I eventually made it to lunch and had a chance to catch my breath. After lunch we took a side hike to see a crater in a mountain and then started our decent. The path down was much nicer to me than the way up but the nap on the ride home was the best. All in all it was a great day, exhausting and trying, but great.