Countdown to Tanzania: 4 Days

Trip Stuff

Four more days and I’m off to Tanzania to embark on a childhood dream, climb Kilimanjaro!  Very exciting stuff but also very time consuming in planning & getting things together.  Thank God that Thomson Safari works out the all of the logistics.  If they didn’t I would have lost my mind and quit on this by now, I believe.

I’ve had a time finding all of the right gear for this trip and also, for collecting all of the stuff that I just want to take along with me but is not essential.

Pictured above is about 98% of what I am taking with me to Tanzania.  A few of the items pictured above will not make it to the top of Kilimanjaro but certain things (pictured) are an absolute.  The prayer flag on the top right of the picture is the one I talked about in my prior blog that was made for me by a ten year old Wyoming girl.  What an amazing, sweet child she is.  She still doesn’t know that I’m taking this prayer flag to the roof of Africa.  So, don’t tell her!  This little girl gave me that Prayer flag the Christmas of 2009 (when she was 9 years old).

Just a little bit below prayer flag from this little girl is the Palmetto Running Company banner.  Proudly, I will wave that banner on Uhuru Peak.

Just to the left of the Palmetto Running Company banner is “4 more days, Tanzania Bound!” flag that I didn’t get a chance to hang at the prayer flag project in the Dairy farm today.  Tomorrow, I’ll hang that flag along with the newer “3 More Days, Tanzania Bound” flag that has yet to be made.

If you look to the left of the “4 more days” flag you will see a “SCAD” logo.  That logo is on a small gym bag I bought today at Ex Libres along with 6 shirts that proudly display “SCAD”.  The SCAD bag will go to the top of Kilimanjaro and I will be photographed with it, proudly.  SCAD has been very good to me.  I hope that this is a good gesture showing my appreciation to the school.  As I mentioned, I bought six SCAD shirts which I plan to give to the Tanzanian porters.  I would like to get a few more SCAD memorabilia but I’m running a bit low on resources at the moment.

Under the SCAD gym bag is Krishna Sadasivam’s PCWeenies Rebootus Maximus.  That too will make it to the top of Kilimanjaro.

That seems like a lot of stuff, I know.  No worries, though.  Its all good.  Oh, not pictured are my vff bikilas!  Do not be worried!  I would not dream of summiting Kilimanjaro without my bikilas!  Actually, I will summit Uhuru Peak wearing my Asolo hiking boots but I will quickly change into my vff’s at the top of the mountain for a picture wearing my vff’s.  I hope that I’m the first person on earth to wear vff’s on the summit of Kilimanjaro.  That would be so cool.  It would be a dream come true for me.  And, to be quite frank, the first time I step foot on African soil will be with a bikila-clad foot, mind you.  You can take that to the press.  😉

Gear List:

  • marmot 900 fill down jacket
  • north face goretex shell
  • several winter hats
  • 10 pairs of socks
  • 10 pairs of underwear (including long johns)
  • marmot goretex glove shells
  • polartec liner gloves
  • alpaca wool gloves (a Peruvian friend of mine gave those to me)
  • polartec fleece pants
  • goretex shell pants
  • convertible hiking pants (2 pairs)
  • 1 silk sweater
  • Asolo hiking boots
  • 4 bandanas
  • fleece pullover
  • neck warmer fleece band
  • uv protected polarized sunglasses
  • 1 roll of very soft toilet paper
  • 12 energy bars
  • waterproof gaiters
  • headlamp with extra batteries
  • panasonic lumix gf2 with 2 extra batteries and 4 sd cards
  • iphone 4
  • iphone solar charger
  • leatherman tool
  • journal note book with pen and pencils
  • Miniature Holy Bible
  • 4 1-liter nalgene bottles
  • camp shoes
  • vff bikilas
  • 1st aid kit consisting of: moleskins, bandaids, scissors, neosporin, tape, alcohol swaps
  • meds: anti-malaria, altitude sickness, imodium, tylenol, motion sickness, zyrtec
  • 50 protection lip balm
  • 70 protection sunblock
  • skin lotion
  • wet wipes
  • toothbrush, floss, tooth paste
  • deodorant
  • razor for shaving
  • anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • gorilla pod
  • rain poncho
  • backpack with rain cover
  • timex ironman watch
  • trekking poles
  • insect repellent
  • passport, visa & immunization records

Palmetto Running Company Doodle

Quick Swahili lesson:

Nahitaji matoke
Translation: I need cooked plantains

Translation: Leave me alone!

Hakuna shida
Translation: No problem

Important Swahili words:

  • tembo – elephant
  • Jambo – hello
  • rafiki – friend
  • shikamoo – greetings
  • pombe – beer
  • kahawa – coffee
  • choo cha mtoto – potty
  • baisikeli – bicycle

Ok, that’s it for now.

I gotta go to bed.

Thanks for stopping by.

All the best to you and yours.




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