Category: Hiking

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Pandemic Perambulation

With the lockdown still in full effect and a recovery day on the cards for me I decided to make the most of my allocated outdoor exercise with a nice easy walk. It was chilly in the breeze and there were April showers promised so I had a raincoat with me just in case as...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 7 – The Descent

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Barafu Camp to Mweka Gate Distance: 9.92 miles Starting Elevation: 4565m Ending Elevation: 1822 Total Climbing: 3m Total Descent: 2759m Highest Elevation: 5895m Total Time: 3:26:24 Moving Time: 3:14:48 Calories: 1186 Summit to Barafu Camp What goes up must come down, so after a little while at the summit, it was...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 6 – Summit Fever

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Barafu Camp to the Summit and back Distance: 7.55 miles Starting Elevation: 4573m Ending Elevation: 5895 Total Climbing: 1227m Total Descent: 1241m Highest Elevation: 5895m Total Time: 10:01:30 Moving Time: 4:03:24 Calories: 3207 After a few hours resting but not really sleeping I heard David’s familiar voice outside my tent whispering...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 5 – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Distance: 2.28 miles Starting Elevation: 4033m Ending Elevation: 4573m Total Climbing: 460m Total Descent: 125m Highest Elevation: 4673m Total Time: 2:34;39 Moving Time: 1:33.01 Calories: 996 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 82% Day 5 of our trek was billed as a short one. Just a...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 4 – Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp Distance: 3.73 miles Starting Elevation: 3975m Ending Elevation: 4033m Total Climbing: 450m Total Descent: 390m Highest Elevation: 4213m Total Time: 4:09:29 Moving Time: 1:57:189 Calories: 1271 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 80% The main event today was the Baranco Wall. This for many is the...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 3 – Shira Caves to Baranco Camp

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Shira Cave to Baranco Camp Distance: 7.1 miles Starting Elevation: 3735m Ending Elevation: 3875 Total Climbing: 808m Total Descent: 650m Highest Elevation: 4498m Total Time: 7:08:19 Moving Time: 4:38:09 Calories: 1930 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 80%% Today was split into two halves, A climb up to the Lava Tower...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 2 – Machame Huts to Shira Caves

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Machame Huts to Shira Caves Distance: 3.89 miles Starting Elevation: 2981m Ending Elevation: 3736m Total Climbing: 859m Total Descent: 83m Highest Elevation: 3789m Total Time: 5:28:29 Moving Time: 1:52:03 Calories: 1343 Oxygen Saturation at end of Day: 90% After no sleep at all, I got out of bed and checked my...

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Kilimanjaro Trek Day 1 – Machame Gate to Machame Huts

Kilimanjaro Trek Vital Stats Machame Gate to Machame Huts Distance: 7.7 miles Starting Elevation: 1841m Ending Elevation: 2981m Total Climbing: 1150m Total Descent: 8m Highest Elevation: 2981m Total Time: 5:12:38 Moving Time: 2:38:12 Calories: 1511 Oxygen Saturation at end of day: 88% After the hassle of getting to Moshi [see ‘Getting there 1‘ and ‘Getting...

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Final Kilimanjaro Preparations

My Kilimanjaro trip is almost upon us and with a day at work tomorrow today was my last full day for some final preparations. Old Aches and Pains Things haven’t been going quite to plan though. I had hoped to be training up until the big day so should have been biking, running, swimming and...

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The Long Way Home

Sunday was a lovely day here in West Wales. Clear blue skies, and sunshine but with quite a chill in the air. There was little wind either so a perfect day for a walk in the hills. First though I headed out for a paddle on my surf ski as I haven’t had chance to...