At the risk of sounding like I’m 24 going on 90, for around 18 months now I’ve been unable to go hiking without – at times severe – pain. Predominantly in my knees, that squishy, unstable sensation has wracked my legs on every downhill for over a year. As someone who loves hiking and the … More The Bee’s Knees
Two years ago, I hiked the South Downs Trek with two friends. It’s not that far, but takes in beautiful coastline, ending on the Seven Sisters (which is a series of more than 7 hills in quick succession). It was a great experience on a baking hot day, to just set my pack on my … More Book review: Wild
Did you know that the 17th November is ‘Take a Hike Day’? Nor did I – but the clever people over at Fix.com brought it to my attention. I’m currently reading Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical book Wild in which she tackles thousands of miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to clear her mind, heart and … More Take a Hike!
At this time of post-university limbo, it felt appropriate to reflect on one of my biggest achievements to date. Exactly a year ago today, my summit dream on Mount Kilimanjaro ended. At 5000m, after several hours of disorientation, fainting, and hallucinations, I was turned back suffering from altitude sickness. Hindsight is both a gift and … More Remembering Kilimanjaro
It’s hard to describe something in hindsight when you feel as though it happened to someone else. A sense of distance is created that makes the event appear almost fictional. That is my current state following my trip to Tanzania, to hike up Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro. It was a trip unlike anything I’ve ever … More The Climb of My Life (part two)
In a week’s time, I’m heading to Tanzania to start a 5 day trek up the highest mountain in Africa, and indeed the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro. At over 5,800m this is no mean feat, but is also something thousands of people attempt and succeed at every year. My journey began … More The Climb of My Life (part one)
I don’t usually like self-promotion on blogs, especially when their focus is writing, articles, and general-interest pieces – readers don’t need to know about the author’s lives. Tonight however, I am making an exception, for an exceptional cause. In June 2013, I have the opportunity to trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing at over 5,800m, it … More Climbing Mountains