1.05.2010 | Motivation

I have been thinking about this climb for quite a few months now, and trying to mentally prepare myself for what is going to be an incredibly difficult, but absolutely amazing journey.

I make lists of items I am going to need to purchase. I plan the best route to ensure maximum acclimatization time and ample jet-lag recovery time. I listen to African music that I find on-line. I upload photos of Kilimanjaro to my desktop. I attempt to discern how I can fit 10 rolls of toilet paper into my pack while still having room for the less essential items like socks and a sleeping bag. I write myself notes to ensure that I put a bottle of champagne in the fridge before I leave, and I pre-book a pedicure for the day I arrive home… you know, all the important things.

And the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that I know exactly how this trip is going to go down:

I am going to cry.

A lot.