Archive for February, 2014

A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to be invited along on an astounding adventure to Tanzania, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Although these days, my approach to fitness has started to change, convincing me to exercise more enthusiastically a few times a week, back then I wasn’t much of an enthusiast for strength and good health. It won’t surprise you to learn that because of that, my decision to tag along on perhaps one of the most physically and mentally challenging expeditions I’ve ever been lucky enough to complete baffled quite a few members of my friends and family. Some of the most common questions I heard building up to the big trip were things such as: “Do you think you’re ready? Are you scared? Is it going to be hard?” Of course, giving honest answers to these questions can leave some people quite confused, as they expect positivity and certainty about such a massive decision. The truth is, I’m not sure there is a time in anyone’s life when they suddenly wake up and decide they’re ready to climb Kilimanjaro; it’s a huge and humbling experience that will change your life forever, and because of that, you can bet your life it’s going to be terrifying and difficult. I wasn’t remotely prepared, and I was definitely afraid, but there was a voice inside of me that whispered ‘Hey, maybe you can do this’, and for me, that was enough.

You might have come across the quote ‘If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try’ by Seth Godin, and this is a pretty good thing to keep in mind if you’re considering climbing Kilimanjaro. However, although risk definitely yields rewards, you need to make sure that you factor in some common sense and planning whatever you do in life. Whether you’re facing your fears or travelling to the top of a mountain, you should always pick the path that has the highest chance of bringing you success, even if it might take you a little longer, in the end. The one part of the trip I sometimes wish I could have avoided is when I was forced to scramble along a six hundred foot wall referred to as the Great Barranco. If you haven’t heard of this part before, then the best way for me to describe it is to tell you that I had to scoot, climb and drag myself along a sheer wall, telling myself repeatedly not to look down and catch a glimpse of the small creek at the bottom. Sadly, my curiosity did end up overruling my more sensible instincts, and I ended up glancing downwards about half-way through. Of course, that was a terrible decision, and I found myself latched to the wall, eyes closed, absolutely certain that this was the most difficult thing I would ever have to do. Even as my arms and legs seized up, I had to force myself to move forwards, as the only way out was to get through the experience. Of course, at the end, everything seemed worth it, I had achieved an accomplishment that would stay with me for the rest of my life, but sometimes I think I might go back and try a different route, just to see what changes.

Author’s Bio

Mount Kilimanjaro was the most amazing experience Becky ever had the pleasure to have.  Added to this the fact that she was able to find interesting Day Out Trips from tripindicator.com means that she truly had the experience of a lifetime.

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