How I feel now I have signed up to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Hey Everyone!

So on Friday I made a life changing decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro from 12/7/13 – 27/7/13 with Kent RaG to raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation.

At first it was a spur of the moment thing because one of my good friends done it this year and said it was amazing.  Then I realised that life is too short to live day by day not doing anything adventurous and exciting!

Less than a week ago I split up with my boyfriend of almost 3 years.  It was on mutual grounds because we had grown apart and were heading in different directions with our lives.  Even though it was a mutual decision it really hurt me and I wanted to do something to show my new found freedom.  I know, I know, most people get a new haircut or a new look but, I thought what the hell I’m going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro!

At the moment I have very mixed emotions:  I feel scared, excited, and above all nervous mainly because I have signed up for something which is very out of my comfort zone.

The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro reaches 5,825m and at this height the temperature is well below freezing.  There is also a very high chance that I can contract Altitude Sickness which normally occurs after 2,000m and seeing as I am going way above this mark the chances are it may be quite severe.  Altitude sickness is due to the lack of oxygen and  symptoms of altitude sickness may include:

  • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadness
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Nosebleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise
  • Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet, and face

This is going to be a very long journey for me from start to finish because I am not very athletic.  I go to the gym but I have never climbed a mountain before.  My training is starting on Monday and I have 9 months to get very fit!  At first I am going to start going to the gym just to build up my initial fitness, then hopefully I will go to Wales to climb the Pennines and to the Peak District.

My friend accomplished it will little training and managed to climb to the summit so with 9 months I can achieve it!  If Cheryl Cole can do it then anyone can, right?

Keep your eyes peeled for my next blog, which will be on Monday where I will be commenting on my first day’s training.

Also before I can go on this amazing adventure I need to raise £2,650 for Meningitis Research Foundation.

If you would like to sponsor me in anyway you can then please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Kathleen-McLaughlin

Thank you!!

I’ll be back again tomorrow!!!

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