OiR: Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

The opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro came about after inviting a speaker to my local Rotary Club for which I am the speaker secretary. He was talking about the plight of the property previously known as Malcolm Sargent House. This house provided holidays for children and theirĀ  families affected by cancer of life-threatening illnesses. The charity was looking for a plot to build a new house, and Billy came along to give us an update. From this meeting, and a chance comment on facebook after I had climbed Goatfell, I took the opportunity to sign up for the Kilimanjaro trek. To be honest, I felt a bit of a crank, as I like a walk along a flat river bank, but climbing up to 5,895 metres, is not something I have contemplated before

As a result of commiting to climbing Kilimanjaro, I thought it might be a good idea to actually get some walking in, and more to the point, hill-walking. So I joined a local group in my area, called Opportunities in Retirement, or OiR. They have several walking groups, and any pictures of walks up hills that you may have seen in previous posts, are on a walking trip with them. I am most grateful to Andy, who leads the group that I am in at the moment. As I get fitter, and closer to the climb, I will increase the intensity, and hopefully the mountain walking group will let me join them.


Billy Herd from BUYMSH Appeal and President Elect Joy Rivett


Moshi: Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

Moshi is a town in northern Tanzania, near the Kenyan Border. It is the town which is the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. It is overshadowed by Mt Kili, and where we get to spend a day or 2 looking out at what we have lying up ahead of us.

If you watched the video on K, then you too will have seen that life in Moshi is geared up for the trekkers that are setting off and returning from the Kili climb, with porters and provisions galore.

Come back in April 2020 when I will be able to tell you more about Moshi and my journeys there. If you have already been, then pointers as to what I shold be looking out for, will be welcome.



Lava Tower on the Lemosho Route: Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

The route that our travel company, 360 Expeditions has chosen is the Lemosho Route, chosen for its maximum achievement rate. It is not the shortest, but it is the one which lets you acclimatise most easily, and makes altitude sickness less likely. Very good reasons to chose this route over the others. Who knows, maybe I will come back soon and do one of the more difficult routes, and take in the parts of the mountain that this route misses. There is a glimmer of hope that I may be back for my 60th Birthday, to tackle another view.

On the Lemosho Route at , 4624 metres above sea level we will come across the Lava Tower, which towers 100 metres into the air. It is a volcanic plug, which is what we have on our doorstep, just off the Ayrshire coast, which features in so many photographs, in the shape of Ailsa Craig.

Ailsa Craig: Volcanic Plug off the Ayrshire Coast

There are also remnants of volcanic action on our beaches. These pictures were taken of rock formations on the Ayrshire beaches.

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Kilimanjaro: Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

Kilimanjaro, the ultimate goal, the pinnacle of this whole adventure. What revelations will unfold along the way?

On a purely physical level, we are talking 5,895 metres above sea level. It is a dormant volcano, with 3 volcanic cones, one being named Kibo. (You can learn the name of the other 2 on letter M and S, days 13 & 19 of the AtoZchallenge) Luckily the last eruption was somewhere between 150,000 & 200,000 years ago, so think it is safe to say that it won’t be erupting again any time soon.

It lies in Tanzania, but borders Kenya.

It is nick named The Roof of Africa due to it being the highest point in the whole continent.

“When I signed up for this trip, I really didn’t know what I was getting in to!” (4 min 15 secs on the video)

How many times have I said this to myself. Watching this video has already made me realise that Moshi is not as I expected, although I am surprised that I am surprised, as what did I really expect from the town who is the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park and the funnel that 35,000 trekkers pass through every year? It was hardly likely to be a haven of peace and tranquillity was it? This video has disrupted my view on the place

What other things will reveal themselves to me on this journey?

Thanks for stopping by and reading. If this is the 1st post that you have read, or multiple times you have visited my blog, I feel grateful that you are here.Where have you travelled to, that had a big impact on you?

Have a great day. Namaste

Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

It is still 16 months to go before the trip is here. At times like this it seems a distant event in the future, etheral, dreamlike. My journey is being planned by someone else, I have little control over that, and for that very reason, this journey is one, not only of a physical nature, but also of a mental one. Letting someone else organise my holidays, is not something I tend to do easily. Not all journeys are about hopping on a bus, plane, train etc and ending up somewhere else on the planet, some journeys are making a transition in your mind, to just lie back, relax and jump, and let the journey unfold in front of you. The vista on this trip is going to be a picture postcard with every step.

20 years on

Hillwalking: Journey to Moshi, and Onwards

Living in Scotland, it is so easy to go hillwalking, with an easy hours drive from my back door. Here are some pictures of my very first hillwalk, just a few shorts weeks ago. I felt quite accomplished, as it was a steep climb very early on. My thanks to the patience of my fellow walkers, who encouraged me all the way.