At long last, with less than 2 months to go, I have achieved the unachievable and bought my boots.
A cold rainy day, sitting around my room and feeling daunted at the great task ahead of me, I decided I had to be proactive. Boots are the most important accessory for this mountain climb and sitting around my room stressing about not being ready is not going to get me any closer to the mountain.
So put on my old silly joggers, ran up to the nearest Ktahmandu store and set out on my mission.
“I’m here to buy boots and I’m not going home today without a pair!”. My grand speech did little to inspired the very unhelpful staff at the Kathmandu store in Prahran so I carried on and started trying on every boot there was.
Lucky for me it is a huge SALE time and the store had up to 60% off so the only boots I initially tried on were sale boots. I had actually already tried on another 4 pairs that were there on one of my other boot buying expeditions.
One pair felt amazing and suited me great. But they were more like joggers rather than hiking boots and I knew in the long run this wouldn’t be very good- so I set about finding a high cut comfortable boot.
With hiking boots, you are also told to buy them at least 1 size bigger due to the slipping when you go downhill, which could mean your toes end up slamming into the end of the boot. But also for the swelling as often people buy too small boots, which fit great when they walk for an hour or so, but after 5 hours a day, for 3 days- they can’t even get the boots on! So many things to consider.
I settled on a pair of Kathmandu NGx, Terania Mid Wmns. (get info from Kathmandu website) The guy said these are a good solid boot, with a good base and great cushioning. With the right pair of socks, these boots would become my best friend.
So the most important accessory is now in my possession- phew- now for the hard part, training in them!!! 1 challenge at a time!
I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW! I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.
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