Our team of Kili climbers are heading off to face their challenge. Sara Talbot tells us how she's feeling as the journey begins.
Wednesday was our last day in the UK before heading off to Nairobi and it was a strange one – both terrifying and exciting!
In the morning I got a text from fellow Kili climber Chris Harris, which said ‘Hi, first malaria tablet down over an hour ago and not sick yet - #small wins and feeling excited!’. These are the glamorous things no one tells you about when you sign up!
As I started to pack I realised that after months of planning what to take, going over kit lists and thinking about those important layers, I hadn’t actually packed any non-mountain climbing clothes! I’d forgotten about the holiday part of the trip – the days before and after the climb in Moshi!
On Thursday I said goodbye to my other half and sent a message to area manager of some of the Chef & Brewer pubs who helped me with my fundraising, thanking them again for their awesome contribution.
On the way to the airport I picked up two fellow climbers, Ben and Marie. Well there really is nothing like a good road trip to get the excitement going! We met everyone else at the check-in desks and it was brilliant to finally get to meet the rest of the team face to face.
We made it to Nairobi at 5am local time after an overnight flight and I’m glad the main bit of the outward journey is done. We all felt tired. Some managed to get a bit of sleep on the plane but we were definitely looking forward to getting to the hotel and seeing a bed. Just a one-hour hop to Kilimanjaro and by 9.30am Tanzanian time, we were on the bus heading to the hotel.
We met our guide and made sure we had all the crucial kit before checking in and catching up on some sleep.
Dinner time was our last chance to check we were ready before an early night, and we all got a lovely gift from Greene King to see us on our way. Thank you!
We’ve all had so much of support from friends and family, which really makes a difference but now it’s down to me – Kili, we’re coming for you!