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Kilimanjaro | One week to go

Yes, that’s right – One week today I will be starting my climb of Mount Kilimanjaro !!  I’ve wanted to do this FOREVER.  It’s always been on my list of things to do but for various reasons I never did.

So next week I start to realise a dream and to climb Kili the 4th highest mountain in the world, the highest mountain in Africa and 1 of the mountains featured in the 7 summits (7 highest mountains in the 7 continents).

There will be more posts along my journey.  But for now – just now that I start climbing on Saturday 25th Aug and summit day is Saturday 31st Aug.  Before then I have a few days in Moshi to explore, drink coffee and get a local SIM card and after Kili I have a week in the sun in Zanzibar before returning to Dubai.

I meet my fellow trekkers in Moshi the day before the walk starts I don’t know them at all, but guess they will be of similar mind to me. All I know is my adventure will consist of 2 guys and a lady and me and we will be supported by 2 Guides, 10 Porters and a Cook. All of whom start off as strangers, but whom I expect to become good friends with as we walk and talk Kili.

Apparently there are mobile signals occasionally so I will be tweeting and blogging when I can.  If you want to follow me on twitter as I climb I’ll be using the hash tag #BBDKILI (user name is @bettyboodubai)

More posts on Kilimanjaro to follow 🙂


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  1. It's great to see other people so excited for Kilimanjaro, a couple of friends and I recently setup a kilimanjaro trip for September time and we're outrageously excited about it. My only apprehension is my fitness level, although I'm working on that! Do you have any tips from your fitness routine prior? I'd love to know, every little helps at the moment. I don't think I've stopped reading about Kilimanjaro since I booked the trip. I wish the best of luck to you and congratulations for when you reach the top!
  2. Hi Emma, sorry for the delay - after reaching the summit of Kili last Friday, I've been enjoying some R&R in Zanzibar. Good Luck for your trip I am sure you will enjoy it. I concentrated on improving my cardiovascular training and also on strengthening my legs since these are the areas which work the hardest. My tip is to chose something you enjoy - so for me it was ClubEnergize Fitness Kickboxing, LBT and Boxercise. I also did Muay Thai and Kickboxing. Anything you can do to strenthen your calves and thighs is good and also your knees for the downward parts of the trip. If you can, walk with poles as this helps greatly - I'd never used them before, but they did help. I know the books say do some mountain walking before the trip, I didn't do this - haven't done any trekking in approx 20 years but I did fine. I also wore brand new unworn boots and was fine - always using my tried and tested tip of wearing 2 pairs of socks - 1 very thin pair and 1 thicker pair. On summit day - you'll need really warm clothes and thick socks and also windproof mittons over your gloves. If you suffer from the cold then I'd advise taking a small hot water bottle if you can fit it in - worth its weight in gold. Good Luck - feel free to contact me if you have any other queries. PS - I took Diamox too - 250mg 2x per day - had tingling fingers but no other side effects.

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