OK, so this is a bit scary – I thought I was half way to being computer literate, but it appears not! I have never created a blog before, and so am learning this on the hoof. Please therefore bear with me for now while this gets up and running. I am assuming of course that I can delete this later if I want to – right?
So a few things about me:
OK – I am 45 years old, originally born in Jarrow, Tyne & Wear. I live currently in a place called Blewbury in Oxfordshire, which is a village that until a few months ago I hadn’t even heard of. I have spent very little time on mountains, although I had a passionate love of the Lake District from when I was younger, and I used to spend a fair bit of time there. I have been up the likes of Scafell, and Helvellyn (my favourite mountain, and a good pull on the legs, although since you could put about 7 Helvellyns on top of each other to make one Kilimanjaro, it is really a very small thing in comparison), and Ben Nevis, but nothing higher than that other than on a cable car. I have done effectively no walking up hills of any kind for about 15 years, the odd walk up the likes of Caer Caradoc in Shropshire excepted. I probably have none of the kit that I require, and not enough physical ability, to get to 20,000 feet! So this whole thing is as scary as it is exciting.
I decided on the 28th August 2009 to climb Kilimanjaro, and what follows is my record of all the decisions I have to take and what happened along the way. I have decided to try to keep as detailed a record as I can. Any comments from anyone, good or bad, are gratefully appreciated!