So I found out last weekend that there are two main reasons why hikers do not summit Mt. Kilimanjaro - a) they are not in shape or b) they are not dressed appropriately and are too cold. I get cold so easily I can just picture myself swaddled in everything I brought, hat piled on hat, wool gloves pulled over mittens, pants straining over layers of long underwear - my eyeballs hardened like the grapes my daughters put in the freezer. A new obsession for me - will I bring warm enough clothes or will I be denied the summit as I shiver along the trail? =O
I "hiked" to the base of a waterfall last Saturday. It was more like a scramble up boulders and loose shale. Sliding back down was worse, the butt of my jeans muddied, my quads trembling, but I didn't care - I made it alive with no broken bones. My two worst fears - confrontation and steep downhills - maybe I should just narrow it to one - confronting steep downhills.