I will be a happy person two weeks from today — I will have come off climbing a gigantic mountain with no less than all my limbs still attached, 10 toes and fingers, and nothing bitten by frost. Colin will be arriving in Tanzania, I’ll drag myself out of relaxation mode to grab him at the airport then it’s all daisies and roses from there on out (or giraffes and mojitos).
Until then I play to be only mildly happy and filled with dread since the 19,000+ foot mountain is still in front of me and not behind.
Enjoy my tweets until then
@Mom – here’s my/our schedule….
Thursday, 14 June: Depart from Auckland where I will hypnotize myself into a slumber that will last all 19.5 hours of my flight ahead.
Friday, 14 June (same day because I’m back in time now): Spend 5 hours in Dubai taking in the sights (of the airport). Arrive in Tanzania in the evening lonely and slowly filling with dread.
Saturday, 15 June: Maybe have a small sleep-in. Meet with VisionFund Tanzania, World Vision Tanzania and our climbing guideman for all the updates and to cross our Ts. Rest of the team shows up (by show up I mean I’ll be picking them up at the airport) in the evening.
Sunday, 16 June:
Hang out day Meetings and other stuff like security training, child protection certification
Monday and Tuesday, 17-18 June: Going out to a community supported/funded by World Vision child sponsors and donors in New Zealand. Pretty sweet because each of our Kilimanjaro climbers are personally supporting a microfinance entrepreneur who they will meet in person on these days.
Wednesday, 19 June – CLIMBING DAY 1: Drive to the Rongai Trailhead at the Nalemuru Gate, 7,217’/2,200 metres at the entrance to the forest on the northeastern side of the mountain. From here walk –> gradually ascending through the forest to Simba Camp which is just clear of the forest at 8645’/2,635m. Total walking time on this day: 4 hours.