If Mount Kilimanjaro were a race, I would be standing at the starting line. We depart tomorrow for what is sure to be a memorable trip. I’m all packed and ready to go and as I finish up my remaining tasks, I can’t help but think about how similar this process has been to my marathon training. In fact, I have the same feeling of anxiety and excitement that I did standing at that starting line at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. I have done all the training, bought all the right gear, so just like that day back in October 2013, I have to trust the process. No use worrying now.
As you can see from my bag, I have packed all the most important items, including a selfie stick, dry shampoo, ski goggles and a buff which is this tube of fabric that can be anything from headband to balaclava. Under those miscellaneous items is every type of dry fit and waterproof clothing you can imagine, as well as everything from summer to ski wear. Since we pass through at least 6 different ecosystems on this journey, I need a wardrobe with a lot of variety.
I could publish an epic packing list for Kilimanjaro, but many people have already done this and done a fabulous job. This blog post from Her Packing List was particularly useful and I consulted it numerous times. Ladies, if you’re planning to climb Kili, this is a great resource.
In addition to packing advice, I spent much of Saturday afternoon reading blog posts from past climbers in an attempt to mentally prepare for this adventure. The descriptions varied wildly – everything from horrific to life changing. I am cautiously optimistic.
I will attempt to publish some photos while en route, but battery power and cell reception could prove to be an issue. In any case, stay tuned for a recap that could rival this one.