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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Booth

I Bless the Rains

As January passes to February, the task I have set myself for later this month becomes ever more apparent. Although many have completed the trek to the top of Kilimanjaro before, I still have nagging feelings of anxiety and trepidation associated with such an unnerving challenge. I have experienced altitude sickness in the past and it is no laughing matter - nausea, dehydration and a headache to rival a hangover from hell. That said, the positives outweigh the negatives, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to experience what will hopefully be an amazing adventure.

It's difficult to train fully for a high-altitude trek unless you have access to hypoxic chamber which can simulate the low-oxygen conditions - I certainly don't. However, I do have easy access to the amazing countryside of the North of England and try to make as much use as possible of these stunning and varied surroundings.

The mountains of the Lake District and Cumbria, and the hills and riverbanks of Teesdale have been my training ground over the last few months. If I manage to successfully reach the 5,895m summit of Uhuru, these northern landmarks will certainly have played their part.

High Cup Nick nr Dufton, Cumbria - 15/01/23

River Tees nr Barnard Castle - 02/01/23

Borrowdale, The Lake District - 28/01/23

Borrowdale, The Lake District - 28/01/23

High Force, Teesdale - 30/10/22.

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