World Alzheimer’s Day

Every year on 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day unites people living with dementia around the world. There are more than 36 million people with dementia worldwide and by conquering the world’s highest free-standing mountain on World’s Alzheimer’s Day, we will be helping to fight to make sure that dementia is recognised as a global health priority.

I am today going to  summit Mt Kilimanjaro in honour of my late Grandpa Jack who passed away from Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. I made a promise soon after my grandpa passed, when I was in Africa, that I would Conquer Kili for him.

This is a killer disease and it’s affecting many Australian lives- we need to make a change and raise awareness. We can do things to prevent it, and by raising such funds, we can hopefully find a cure.

 

Learn more about World Alzheimer’s Day – http://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-day

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

Are you doing enough training?

  •  Backdated to  25 August 2011

 

Are you training enough? Are you fit enough?  Are you strong enough?

 

Everyday people are askng me am I ready for my Kilimanjaro Climb.

 

The answer is, I don’t know.

 

How can I know?

 

I’ve been getting in my 2 hour walks, heading to the gym, doing some of my P90X workout DVD’s and just trying to get the fitness in as much as possible.

 

But I’ve never done a 7 day hike. I’ve never even done a 1 day hike- so I don’t know what to be prepared for.

 

I’m taking each day is it comes. It’s just one foot in front of the other.

 

Pole Pole – slowly slowly, The African guides tell trekkers this on the trip.  I think this is the most common advice- walk to the beat of your own drum and pace yourself. You’ll make it!

 

Any training advice or tips from any climbing you have done?

 

 

I am currently in Africa Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro. I’m climbing on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and raising money for the wonderful work they do.

 

You can still sponsor me by visiting my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 20 Days to go


 

Take a Leaf out of another’s book

I’ve turned to friends for advice and information as the date now creeps increasingly closer to when I must venture out and Climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

I am fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends who were more than happy to give their time, tips and share with me some souvenirs from their Kili climbing experience.

I met with my high school mate Dan who climbed Kili just last year and he gave me not only great advice but a DVD of his time on the mountain, a diary given to him by his tour group with information on Africa, and a great Map of the park and the mountain. As it’s finally within reach, I’m really getting stuck into these resources and trying to place myself in Africa.

DVD 

I’m yet to watch the DVD though think this will be a great learning experience- and interesting to see someone else’s journey. The movie was commissioned by one of the members of his group and is shot over a series of different climbs. Dan was actually in this one but not featured. Pretty cool souvenir to get though!

Safari Journal 

A wonderful gift from the tour company given to all the participants of the trip. It’s got beautiful images, information and facts about Tanzania, star maps,  area maps, wildlife spotting checklists, Tanzania folk tales and lovely writing pages where you can pen your own story. It’s such a great idea to have it all in one, and a fantastic souvenir. I really hope I get something like it – but I have also prepared my own.

Map

The Map of Kilimanjaro Park is really helpful to have and again starts to put things in perspective. However, looking at the elevations and having Dan talk me through the various parts of the hike and explain how treturous some of it could be, it also made me nervous. It will be great to come back and look at this map and see where I went and the heights that we reached.

Do you have any cool souvenirs or photos or blogs that you can share with me before I head off on this crazy adventure?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

KILI COUNTDOWN –3 Days to go

 

Everyone has a trick of the trade

As the time fast approaches for my Kili Climb, I find that everyone has a tip, trick or piece of advice they wish to impart.

 

Some of them are more worrisome and cautions really rather than insightful pieces of information, which can sometimes be less beneficial. But on the whole, it’s been nice to hear what others have to say and perhaps at times, get some harsh home truths about what it’s going to be like.

Here are some of the things that friends, strangers and experts have been telling me:

 

  • Tie your boots tight before the summit trip – you’ll be so cold at the top, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is tightening your boots
  • Layers!! Hot at the bottom and freezing at the top. Learning to layer will be your best asset.
  • Cold sore cream. An unexpected and unwelcome participant on the trip
  • Set your own pace- don’t let others dictate your pace
  • Take lots of photos
  • Make sure to bring chocolate and other snacks from oz, don’t buy them there
  • Ladies products and toiletries can be hard to find or aren’t of such good quality- get them here.
  • SQUATS, SQUATS, SQUATS~ (Training)
  • Wear your boots in! your boots will be your best friend
  • Take a more electrolyte based flavoured drink powder as opposed to the regular Gatorade or powerade powders
  • Eat and drink when told! The guides will know what is best for you.
  • Asante Sana – Thank you. Learn some Swahili, you’ll have more fun with your guides
  • Moon the camera on the summit – (more of a suggestion of a fun photo idea, one that I’m very unlikely to take up, but thanks)
  • Rug up at the top! It’s cold! Wear everything you own.

 

There were tips galore- and I get at least 5-6 suggestions a day. Everyone’s an expert. I know they are trying to help though.

 

I look forward to sharing with you my own gems of advice and pearls of wisdom once I’ve conquered Kili!

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 7 Days to go

Mountain Climbing PACKING LIST


It’s now just 5 days to go til my climb and I seriously need to start thinking about how I’m going to get all the gear I’ve accumulated into the backpack and onto the plane.

 

With ski jackets, hiking boots, walking bladders and a mountain of snacks and vitamins and tablets, I’m just not sure it’s all going to fit in.

 

See here the Packing List. Yes All 2 pages of it, that was provided to us by our wonderful organizers, Inspired Adventures. With a list like this, I cannot go wrong.

 

I feel as though I now have most things covered, but man is there a lot to check!

 

We also still have to do our last big shop for snacks, medication, pain relief, first aid kit supplies and any other cream, band aid or paste that is going to make our trip more comfortable.

 

 

Any suggestions on things that I should take for climbing a mountain?

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 5 Days to go

Life After Kili

For more than a year and a half now, I have been preparing for, talking about, planning and getting ready to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro and raise very important funds for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. But what happens after….

For all this time, Kilimanjaro and the trek ahead has been all consuming in so many of my motivations and activities. Fundraising, training, awareness, mental preparation, packing, working to pay for the trip,  and  learning about the adventure and what’s in store for me. It’s strange to think what I will do next.

Not sure what the future holds...

I have very vague plans come 27th September when I return. Only one trip to Sydney in late October, but other than that, the world is my oyster. I can go anywhere, do anything, be anything… it’s strange. For the first time… ever! I have no commitments, nothing to tie me down and no plans. No plans!! That’s outrageous for the non-stop life of The Traveller Em.

I know that I actually have to get to Africa, Climb the Mountain, reach the summit and get back in one piece before I take on the next chapter, but it is something worth thinking about. I’m letting my mind run away with me and really should focus on the task ahead.

Have you ever had a time in your life when you have such open-ness and freedom?

That's Freedom!

The closest I came to this was when I travelled for 3 months over December 2011- February 2012. I had no job, no car, I lived with my dad, I’d graduated Uni and I had nothing tying me down. I even contemplated not coming back to Australia as really I could have gone anywhere. But there was the climb! I had to come back to get myself ready for this climb and to focus on my fundraising and awareness.

It will be a great time for me to think and to explore my options whilst I’m doing the trek. With no telephone, no internet and no communication to the outside world apart from the people in my group, it’s going to be an interesting learning experience.

I’m excited for the next chapter – I know that a path will form and whatever road I may take, it’s going to be an adventure, a challenge and another great story!

Legian Beach, Bali - peaceful and at ease

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 7 Days to go

(Image Freedom- holistichealingstudio.com)

Training Amp Up

 

Not long to go now so it’s time to amp up the training.

 

Last week I did pretty well to get the training going again by putting in a session everyday.

 

Sunday – 3 hour walk

Monday – 1 hr walk, Abs at night

Tuesday – Stairs and beach walk, 1.5 hr

Wednesday – 1.5 hr gym session, legs focus

Thursday – 1 hour gym session, arms focus

Friday – 1.5 hr walk, 30 mins swim

Saturday – 1 hr, 1000 steps and bushwalk

Sunday – rest

 

Training on the beach is good for the glutes!

 

So this week it was time to come good on my promise of double up workouts everyday.

 

Monday saw me complete a 1.5 hr Stairs and beach walk in the morning. When I say stairs, I mean 45 steps x up and down 30 times – we’re talking in excess of 60 stairs. Then hill climbs.

Followed by 1 hr gym session with arms focus.

 

Plan for the week!

 

Tuesday – Legs workout + Abs PM

Wednesday – walk and swim AM, 1 hr gym PM

Thursday – stairs and beach walk 1.5 hrs, AM , core workout 1 hr PM

Friday – Walk and Swim, AM, 1 hr gym PM

Saturday – bushwalk.

Sunday – rest.

 

Let’s see how we go. It’s a big push in the last week in the lead up to the big climb- let’s hope it gives me that little edge extra!

 

 

(shame I couldn’t go snowboarding in the lead up, I think it would have been good training 😉 )

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 8 Days to go

SOCKS – Who knew they were so important!

  • Socks Socks Socks!

That’s all people keep saying to me! Who would ever think they were so important. Not just a fathers day present, they are make or break between a comfortable and happy walk and PAIN!!!

cartoon socks 

I’ve now been informed that 2 pairs of socks is the solution! A liner pair and a thicker outer pair. This system means that the socks rub on one another instead of the sock rubbing on your foot and creating sores and blisters. Hallelujah!!

 

 

 

 

 

(hiking socks image )

Now I tested this theory.

Day 1: a pair of old ski socks.

Sore feet and boots weren’t tight enough. Tingly and sore feet after.

Day 2: A different pair of old sports socks.

Not better. Slightly thicker but sore on my toes and definitely not the right support.

Day 3: Liner socks and thick wool socks

Perfect! Such a difference. My boots fit me really well and there is no rubbing whatsoever.

Granted, these tests were only conducted over a 2 hour period and the true test will come when I wear said boots for 7 hours straight. However, my experiences so far lead me to believe that my only option is for 2 pairs of socks.

 Smart wool socks review.

Now my next test is washing them…. Will this change their comfort level? Hold on to your seats people! Things are going to get exciting.

( As you can see, everything to do with the climb is currently taking over my mind!)

 

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

KILI COUNTDOWN – 11 Days to go

 

I bless the rains down in Africa

As I hear the words to the chorus of the Africa song by Toto, my heart soars and my spirits are raised. This has to be my inspiration song for my Kilimanjaro Climb.

My eyes well up, a tingle falls down my spine and I’m transported to the incredible continent of Africa. Desserts, waterfalls, poverty, change, challenge and beautiful people. These are some of my memories of Africa and this song has such a feeling of memento and sentiment with it, although I never heard it whilst there.

 

There is a lyric in the song, “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti”. I get a pulse of excitement and emotion when I hear this line and even sitting here now typing this post I have tears in my eyes. I can also picture myself standing on the crater, watching the clouds tumble past as the world is laid before me- I cannot wait for the summit moment and I know these lyrics will rush to my mind and tears of joy will fall from my eyes.

 

The Full Lyrics are:

 

Africa by Toto

 

I hear the drums echoing tonight

But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation

She’s coming in 12:30 flight

The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation

I stopped an old man along the way,

Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancinet melodies

He turned to me as if to say, Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you

 

 

CHORUS:

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

 

 

The wild dogs cry out in the night

As they grow restless longing for some solitary company

I know that I must do what’s right

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become

 

 

CHORUS

 

(Instrumental break)

 

Hurry boy, she’s waiting there for you

 

 

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa, I passed some rains down in Africa

I bless the rains down in Africa, I passed some rains down in Africa

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

 

Such an amazing beat, feeling and melody to this song. Listen to this and tell me you don’t feel like you can climb a mountain! If anyone has been to Africa, they will feel so close to this song and images of that beautiful yet heart wrenching place will come flooding back.

 

I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.

Help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA

 

KILI COUNTDOWN – 12 Days to go

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