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!
This summer has seen the worst conditions on the Matterhorn in 60 years, with storms, more snow than should ever fall in July, and all-round bad omens for hikers, climbers, and skiers alike. Last month, at the time oblivious to these ominous circumstances, British climbers Simon Chevis and Jez Wingate set out with the goal … More Brits attempt the Matterhorn during awful season
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)