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Mid Life Crisis - Kilimanjaro 2015 Challenger both Body and Mind

Reflection and thinking time! - Kilimanjaro Blog

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 15 September 2015 | Views [810] | Comments [2]

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Awoke to hear that a friend who I met on the Kilimanjaro prep weekend was not allowed to attempt the Kilimanjaro summit because his oxygen saturation was 52% (which is dangerous), he also had fluid built up on his lungs, caused by the high altitude, he was at 4500m (14,850 ft).

It was early and I was sleep deprived, a few days after the birth of our daughter Ava Violet Mattravers on the 4th September. I was gutted for him but heath is more important, there is too much to come back for, looking at our 6lb baby made this even more real.

This news sparked a period of reflection. This time made me think about what I will feel like if my body can’t take me to the top, especially as I will soon have lots of time to be thinking about this, as I am joining a scheduled group but I am travelling etc on my own.

The answer from my new found mindset, aided by this challenge was to review what has been achieved since 5th February 2015

12,878 words written.

29 blogs.

1273 tweets.

13,492 views on the blogs.

947 miles cycled, climbing 71,759 ft

332 miles hiked, climbing 49,059 ft

£4,506.93 raised so far for Somerset Area Cruse Bereavement Care, to enable them to provide support as documented 45 seconds into this video,  https://vimeo.com/137900735

The challenge is in the journey, not necessarily making the summit, but making sure I am enjoying every second.


Tags: challenge, charity, frustration, hard work, killimanjaro, panic, panic, summit, trekking



Good luck mate, we're with you all the way. Markie

  Mark Sep 15, 2015 7:00 PM


best of luck mate , I will be on the mountain at the same time , remember one step at a time and keep strong , dont worry about whats not in your control as these things will happen if they are going to happen(altitude , weather etc , its pointless and a waste of energy , give it socks and best of luck

  Brian Payne Sep 21, 2015 7:25 PM

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