After climbing Kilimanjaro in December of 2017, it opened my eyes to the world of alpine and mountaineering. I felt a very strong yearning for adventure and exploration. I found love for the the mountains which I never knew I had. They brought a sense of serenity and peacefulness to my life, which I was missing.
After a trip to Tanzania back in 2014, I was mesmerized by the beauty of Kilimanjaro and told myself that I will be back one day to climb her. In December of 2017, I decided to book a last-minute trip back to Tanzania and attempt the climb. Of course, like most things I do, I did not plan this part out properly. I decided to “wing it,” and and see what happens.
I knew that I didn’t want another year to pass me by and regret not doing it. With no proper training, and if we’re being honest with one another, very little insight, I packed my bags and headed off to Tanzania.
I didn’t end up summiting Kilimanjaro due to altitude sickness, but I did make it more than halfway up the summit that day, reaching roughly 1800 feet in elevation. I had gone there with no expectations as I did not want to put pressure on myself. If I would have trained properly, I would have been able to summit the mountain. After that experience something inside of me changed and I just wanted to try climbing more mountains. How high could I go and how far would my body allow me to go?
Climbing is not about the summit it’s about the journey. It’s about pushing yourself to your ultimate limit. It’s about taking in the beauty of nature around you. It’s about feeling how small you are in the world around you. Each step you take is humbling and memorable at the same time.
I am someone who is extremely short (4’10 — woot! woot!) and has sports- induced asthma. Climbing is a real challenge for me and not something that comes naturally. I may not ever be the best, or the fastest, or even the strongest climber. But I’m not looking to be I just want to try to see how far I will get on each of these climbs and experience the journey for all its worth. I hope the mountains will welcome me and watch over me during this journey.