This time two weeks ago I had just conquered the hike up to Uhuru peak and endured the scree surf back down to camp.
Now pretty much fully recovered – although the tips of my big toes still lack full feeling! – I can look back on that day and the entire trip with a feeling of elation and a sense of true achievement.
I’ve regaled stories to friends and family many times, gazed with wonder at my photos and photos from others in the group, bored colleagues by using words like “amazing”, “challenging” and “brilliant” over and over again, and I’m dumbfounded at the genoristy of everyone who has helped me raise money for Tommys; while I haven’t yet reached my target, what has been raised is fantastic and will help enormously.
And so I guess this is where “Crutches to Kili” comes to an end. The trip is done. I managed to go from crutches and a boot to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro all in a space of 7 months. The journey has taken me to some amazing (there’s that word again!) places around the the country – the Brecon Beacons and Snowdon to name a couple. Now I can sit back and relax until the next challenge…
The Next Challenge?
I have been asked by quite a few people what the next challenge might be. Some have suggested Everest Base Camp – Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak is actually a higher elevation than base camp by 515m, so what’s the point?! 😄 I’m not entirely sure if there will be another challenge (or if I’ll be allowed to do one!), time will tell…although White Water Rafting trip down the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon does sound like fun!
If you would like to donate and help me raise money for Tommy’s (and maybe reach my target!) there is still time. Just visit my JustGiving page here.
The “proof” photo!
If you look carefully you’ll spot me…behind the sign, to the left and below the ‘Congratulations’. No idea why I decided to hide!