The Countdown to Kilimanjaro
I can’t believe it’s January. It still feels like November to me, like the holidays and Stink’s birthday haven’t occurred yet. But here we are in the new year and suddenly my trip to Tanzania is staring me straight in the face.
I’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming lately, wondering what this trip is going to be like. Will it be as emotionally impactful as the first? Will my fears of the climb be put to rest or worse, become a reality? Will anybody still like me after they get off this mountain?
Let’s face it, I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m loud, energetic, flighty and hard headed. My best friend describes me as a “loose bird in the car”. Can’t say she’s wrong about that. So to come off the mountain after 7 days of hiking with these women I’d be happy if just 70% of them aren’t sick of me by then.
About the same odds as summiting the mountain.
But I also daydream about things I know will happen, too. Moments we’re sure to have like finally meeting all of these amazing women I got to know over the past year. Taking that first step through the Rongai Gate. Seeing the Milky Way again. Just thinking about those moments brings me to tears. I can’t believe that I’m going to be experiencing all of them in just 6 short weeks.
Physically I feel SO much more confident about this trip than the last one. I haven’t worked as much on duration as I would have liked but I’ve done a lot more hiking and working out a wider range of muscles. Looking back on my blog post A Fat Girl’s Guide to Climbing Kilimanjaro I can see how much improvement I’ve made compared to my last climb and it feels great.
Overall I’m really optimistic about this trip and think that we’re going to have an amazing time regardless of how many of us make it to the top. This whole experience has opened up doors to so many friendships, passions and opportunities. At times I find it completely overwhelming. It’s an adventure that has been life changing for me, and I haven’t even stepped foot on the mountain! I can’t wait to see what the next 2 months will bring.