Well, partly because whilst I am the strongest I have ever been, I also realised I am currently the most unfit in terms of cardiovascular training, but also because I've signed up to climb Kilimanjaro in October when I go to visit my friend Georgie.
I've wanted to climb a mountain for years. A real mountain. When I was younger the goal was K2, but now I am older and wiser and realise it is probably far beyond my reach, Kilimanjaro will suffice as a beginner summit.
I can't fully train for altitude without paying a lot of money for the privilege, but I can ensure that I am as fit as possible. It's a slow ascent of 6 days (which is crazy as it takes one day to come down) but my legs need to be used to walking on an incline for days and D of E and Ten Tors as a teenager are but a distant memory now!
1. My trust Osprey Axis daypack (I'll be getting a slightly larger pack for Kilimanjaro closer to the time as I'll have more kit to take, but for training walks, this will suffice)
2. Snacks - Blueberries and Milkybar buttons (Yes, I am a child)
3. Face powder, lipbalm, thermal water spray, blister plasters and tea tree oil.
4. Piz Buin suncream. I love the smell, it doesn't make me break out and it's just beaut on my skin.
5. Camelbak Performance Bottle - No leaks :D
6. Haglöfs dry back (it was due to rain yesterday, but it didn't in the end)
7. Sci-Mx Protein flapjack.
8. Under Armour trainers - My walk from Bucklers Hard to Beaulieu didn't warrant anything hardier than these. I also took my Keen sandals as I popped to the beacj at Lepe on my way home.
9. Map and compass. Obviously.
The New Forest
If you have any tips/hints for building up the strength to climb a mountain, then please share. Equally, if you've climbed Kilimanjaro, any hints for things to bring are welcome. I know the basics and have done a lot of research, but there may be something handy that I've missed.
I love a good hiking gadget!