Finally, the end of the story! ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

It has taken me a long time to finish these posts. Although Day 6 was written a few months ago, I still had to complete Day 7 and add in all the photo’s and videos taken post-summit. I think after typing the post about our summit, the emotions of the those 24 hours just exhausted me all over again and I struggled to finish off the story. But, the wait is finally over!

The two final blog posts in the story that is “A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro” have been written and although some photos must still be added and video’s set up, they will be posted later this week, starting tomorrow.

Since I started writing the stories of our journey to stand on the roof top of Africa, I have welcomed a whole host of new blog followers, so in order to catch everyone up as to the story so far, and as a refresher for those who would like to read the posts again, I have posted links below, in order, of all that has happened in the real-life story so far ~ I hope you enjoy the read.

After years of talking and months of planning, the countdown was over.

It was finally time….!

With just 6 hours to go ~ The final countdown was almost over. My team mate, Donna, managed to caputre this photo from my blog as the clock ticked closer to us leaving... Photo By Donna McTaggart:

With just 6 hours to go ~ The final countdown was almost over. My team-mate, Donna, managed to capture this photo of the countdown clock on my blog. It just 6 hours our plane would be rolling down the runway! Photo By Donna McTaggart

Just hours before I had to get up to catch my plane to Tanzania, I typed out this blog post to all those who had supported me in the run up to my journey. I think as I repost my journey up the mountain, it is only fitting that I start with this one, for I could never have done it without the support of my amazing army of supporters.

With Just Hours To Go Before Departure:

I Don’t Need Easy, I Just Need Possible

Day 0: 

Planes, Champagne and a Moment of Serendipity – A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Day Post Arrival Pre-Kilimanjaro:

A Blind Lady with a View, Carbo-Loading, Packing & the Final Preparation – A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Day 1:

Weigh-In’s, Permits & First Steps on Kili’s Slopes – A Journey To The Top Of Kilimanjaro

Day 2:

Becoming Fluent in Swahili, Serenades on the Slopes and a Whole Lot of ‘Pole Pole’ – A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Day 3:

Broken Sleep, A Tower called Lava, Laughter and Tears and a Sunset to Take Your Breathe Away ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Day 4:

From hair washing to climbing vertical walls, uphills galore, ice and a new camp by lunch ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Day 5:

Saying Goodbye, Broken Camera’s and Emotions Running Wild, we were on our way to Base Camp ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Night 5/Day 6 – The Summit, Part One:

Enveloped in Darkness, Our Summit Bid Began ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Night 5/Day 6 – The Summit Part Two:

Climbing over the Crater Rim, the Summit was Suddenly Near ~ A Journey to the Top of Kilimanjaro

Although the journey is long over now, the memories are still so fresh in my mind. I hope you have enjoyed the journey so far and I trust you will enjoy the last two posts that will conclude my journey of a lifetime!

But as I end these stories of my time on Kilimanjaro, my new adventure begins, for in January 2014 I hope to summit my 2nd high altitude mountain, my 2nd of the Seven Summits. Aconcagua in Argentina awaits and I hope you will join me for the incredible journey of planning, training and ultimately summiting all 6962 metres of Aconcagua…

As we end, so we begin again…

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