20 days from now, I will be on a flight to Kilimanjaro. My ‘healthy eating’ action plan has morphed into comfort eating and grumbling about how cold February is. I haven’t cycled to work since December and I am currently sitting at home when I should be at the gym after 5 days in the office. Ready or not Kilimanjaro, here I come!
Upon picking up my kitbag today, it suddenly hit me how fast my departure was approaching. Everything I need for a 8 days on a mountain, packed within the bag pictured above. Kilimanjaro has already killed my wallet. I’m bewildered by the price of outdoor equipment. Why are down jackets £200!? I didn’t even know sleeping bags went up to £1000?!
I’ve slowly accumulated equipment for the past few months, buying bits and bobs as and when I found things I needed:
- Force 10 Altitude 750 Sleeping Bag (still need to buy)
- Jack Wolfskin Svalbard down jacket (still need to buy)
- Trekmate Mittens (and glove liners)
- Lined Brasher trousers
- Icebreaker Merino wool long johns and base layer
- Columbia Snood
- Sports Direct thermal socks
- Black Diamond Gaiters
This has of course, put me in a state of relative poverty for the past 4 months.
I have to admit, with 11 days to go before my departure, there will be a fair bit of blagging involved. I regularly gym (2 – 4 times a week), but my so called tailored eating plan and 10-miles-every-weekend has gone out the window. So far, my walks have been:
I’ve spent my second to last weekend before Kilimanjaro at the gym, cleaning up my bike and inciting fear by looking up articles and personal accounts of how hard people found their trek. Kilimanjaro has been on my mind for years. Ready or not Kilimanjaro, here I come!