Category Archives: Kilimanjaro

This section contains a set of posts documenting my personal journey from the planning of the Kilimanjaro climb I did in February 2013, through the trip itself, to some thoughts on my return.

Thoughts on returning from Kilimanjaro

I’ve been back at home for a week, and it was down to earth with a huge bump. I’m still trying to adjust mentally to “normal life”, and it’s proving very hard. I often get a bit of culture shock … Continue reading

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Diabetes on a mountain (part 2: Kilimanjaro)

After my trek in the Atlas mountains in September, I blogged about the issues I faced managing diabetes on a mountain. Following my Kilimanjaro trek, here’s a little update on what worked for me this time. Amazingly, things went remarkably … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro Day 8: Descent from Millennium to Arusha (1650m)

Our last day of trekking was rather frustrating for a number of reasons. Most of the group were still tired from the climb, although I was feeling totally recovered and full of energy, even if my mind was all over … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro Day 7: Descent from Barafu to Millenium Camp (3800m)

After a couple of hours’ rest I was woken by Coleman the kitchen porter with a very welcome cup of tea. My blood sugar had risen to 30 mmol/l (almost 10 times what it should have been) and I was … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro Day 7: The Summit Attempt (5895m)

Contrary to all expectation, I managed 4 hours sleep with a brief interlude as usual for a loo break. I couldn’t possibly contemplate the descent to the toilet tent in the dark with a howling wind and temperatures well below … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro Day 6: Karanga to Barafu Camp (4600m)

Today’s walk was only about 4 1/2 hours, all uphill but at a very slow pace on compacted scree, and I felt strong throughout with not even any difficulty breathing until the last 10 minutes, despite the steam train noises … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro Day 5: Barranco to Karanga (4000m)

Slept deeply but not for very long, and for the first time was wide awake and up early before even bed tea. Maybe it was because it was my birthday, or perhaps the acclimatisation, but I felt very bouncy and … Continue reading

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