March 23rd and my first Kilimanjaro Post

March 23rd and my first Kilimanjaro Post

Hiking Chyulu Hills
It’s been months since my last blog post.  The flying in Kenya has been great, sometimes monotonous, but always beautiful.  This thread of blog posts is not going to be about flying at all.  As the title gives away, I’m going to be hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2016 and I thought it would be a good idea to chat about it along the way.

I am living in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya, flying for a safari camp located at the foot of the Chyulu Hills.  This sets me up perfectly to get ready for a Mt. Kilimanjaro attempt, it’s always hot here, the hills are not Kudutoo steep to hike but just steep enough to train.  What’s also perfect is that my job allows me the time to go hiking.  When I’m not flying for the camp, I can take off into the hills, spear in hand, spending the next couple hours sweating as I hike up the hills  in the heat.  What’s so amazing about training here is I ofter see Hartebeest, Girraffe, Gazelle, Impala, Wart Hogs and sometimes even Buffalo or Lions (hence why I carry a spear).  The hikes are incredibly peaceful and always beautiful, if I ever come upon another human, it’s usually just a Maasai boy or man tending to his livestock.

My goals for the next couple of months as I prepare for the hike are as follows.
1. Lose weight, the less weight I carry up the mountain the better.
2. Enjoy hiking in Nature.
3. Get mentally and physically prepared for the arduous trip up Kilimanjaro
4. Enjoy my time in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya, this is a special time in my life.

FlowersI know this is going to be a fun and challenging adventure and one of many to come in the following years.  I will review my gear choices along the way and I will tell everyone the mistakes I make so that if you one day choose to hike Kilimanjaro, hopefully you don’t make the same mistakes I undoubtably will.  Come along for the journey, feel free to ask questions or to send encouragement or doubt.  I know this journey will change me as anything profound and challenging seems to do.  I am truly very excited for this adventure and at the same time I’m slightly apprehensive.  It’s no small feat walking up a mountain and there is a real possibility of failure.  I am putting my experience out there for everyone to read not knowing the outcome.  Either way I hope to learn from it and I promise to give 110 percent so I don’t have to write about my failure.


Pilot Michael
Pilot Michael