Ben and I will climb Mount Meru in Arusha National Park after two weeks. Six years ago I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and I wish to do that again. But I thought let’s first do Meru, the little sister of Mount Kilimanjaro. With the climb, we are raising funds for the Ujumbe Project.
Mount Meru is the little sister of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is situated in Arusha NP and about 60 km west of Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain is not as high with 4562 meter. It is a dormant volcano with its latest small eruption in 1910. The last big eruption blew away the Eastern wall of the mountain giving it its characteristic look. Climbing is generally considered a bit more strenuous than climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, because it is much steeper. However, high up the mountain, we will be rewarded with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro during sunrise…they say…the steepness scares me a bit. Another handicap is that it will be still be rainy season, which may cause ice and snow on top. But… I am looking forward to the kick after reaching socialist peak.
What is a good preparation for climbing such a mountain if you are not an experienced mountain climber? Well…they say it is walking, walking and walking and in addition running, running and running. I did not do much walking in the past months except some stairs at work, but I have been running for about three times a week since Christmas. I hope it is enough. I remember that it worked well for Kilimanjaro and this time I run even longer distances. It must be good. But I also remember the downwards paths at Kilimanjaro. They were the toughest part of the trip actually. And I did not really exercise for that besides running down the road through some coffee plantations. Besides the exercise, preparation considering gears is also necessary. Thinking of thermal clothes, buff, camel bags, good shoes, water and windproof clothes, walking sticks, sleeping bags and others. Luckily, porters will join us to carry my stuff which creates employment.
Fundraise for the Ujumbe Project
By climbing the mountain, we will raise funds for the Ujumbe Project. This project will send SMS messages (ujumbe=message) to educate pregnant women about healthy lifestyle and importance of clinic visits. The mortality rate among pregnant women and baby’s still very high and we hope by education to improve the lifestyle of pregnant women and increase the number of clinic visits. If you would like to support us you can find more information about the project and information where to donate can be found here. Use project number 2016.0626 to identify your donation. You can also like our facebookpage.
Thanks, also on behalf of the women and baby’s of Mdawi!!!