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View from the top | #latergram #travellingtales  (at Kilimanjaro)

View from the top | #latergram #travellingtales (at Kilimanjaro)

Feet in planes | #tomuchtravelling #travellingtales  (at Somewhere In The Sky)

Feet in planes | #tomuchtravelling #travellingtales (at Somewhere In The Sky)

1. Summit sunrise
2. Made it to the top
3. View from the roof of Africa
4. Coming down the mountain (difference between a porter’s load and our own)

Shira camp
Midday break
Lava tower (when my ligament went)

(Pictures left to right: day 1, jungle trekking; the start of day 2)
(Bottom: midday break above the cloud belt)

Made it to Kilimanjaro and back in almost one piece. The trip was truly magical but also at times testing so much as to be awful.
The ‘stiff hike’ is an understatement and day 1 introduced me to how under equipped I was, mentally and physically.

Starting off tired on such an adventure is never a good idea, but it did show me what the body and mind can endure. The good news is I made the summit at Stella point, not the highest peak but the summit of the top of the mountain, a success on its own. This was done with a crick in the neck and a pulled ligament from day 1 and 3 respectively.

I could have done with more rest and think I’d of preferred the longer version, apparently you can do 10 days with a rest day before summiting. Rather than the highly ambitious 2 hour rest we had…. All in all it was an adventure, as it had highs from wonder and amazement at the sights I saw, to questioning my sanity by doing such an endeavour.

(Pictures by me: Machame gate and a personable blue monkey)

Bye, bye Kili I survived! (Just) | #travellingtales  (at Kilimanjaro Mountain Machame Route)

Bye, bye Kili I survived! (Just) | #travellingtales (at Kilimanjaro Mountain Machame Route)

Preview from yesterday’s flight now off to walk Kilimanjaro | #thingsdirtgalsdo #travellingtales (at Kilimanjaro Mountain Machame Route)

Preview from yesterday’s flight now off to walk Kilimanjaro | #thingsdirtgalsdo #travellingtales (at Kilimanjaro Mountain Machame Route)

The BIG adventure is looming!! I’m off to Mt Kilimanjaro doing the ‘whiskey route’ climb with a few colleagues and a bunch of students. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to go and so I jumped at it. 
I am excited and nervous and as it nears, my anticipation of the adventure is growing along with my collection of hiking equipment. Which is being quite educational and I’m trying to ‘pack light’ as I do not want to be carrying miscellaneous nonsense. 
I’ll be heading North to Kenya this Sunday so will be M.I.A from the tumblr sphere and will bombard you with images and travelling tales, similar to this reblogged image. 
( intothegreatunknown: Mount Kilimanjaro | Tanzania )

The BIG adventure is looming!! I’m off to Mt Kilimanjaro doing the ‘whiskey route’ climb with a few colleagues and a bunch of students. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to go and so I jumped at it. 

I am excited and nervous and as it nears, my anticipation of the adventure is growing along with my collection of hiking equipment. Which is being quite educational and I’m trying to ‘pack light’ as I do not want to be carrying miscellaneous nonsense. 

I’ll be heading North to Kenya this Sunday so will be M.I.A from the tumblr sphere and will bombard you with images and travelling tales, similar to this reblogged image. 

intothegreatunknownMount Kilimanjaro | Tanzania )

There has been very little original content on here, due mostly to the fact that we are in our exam mode. This means red finger tips, aching shoulders and blurry eyes and all this accompanied with copious cups of coffee. 

Marking season is hell on the body and I would never of thought that it was, but my visits to the chiropractor are telling a different story. So more yoga on the horizon. 

I’m so looking forward to Friday as it’s ‘BREAK UP DAY’ yew! Plus there is adventure on the horizon (more on that in the next post). Still needing to get through the grade 10 practical exam, but for now all the theory essays are marked! Always a relief to tick that off the list. 

(images: top me, bottom sent from a friend and a very accurate description and we’re not even at the end of the school year!)