I was due to be walking around Dartmoor with the rest of the Sparks Kilimanjaro team today, but unfortunately I had to pull out this morning. I have had to sacrifice a lot of time my with children in order to train over these last few months and with the trip so close and training more for fun as opposed for fitness I decided that if my 7 year old daughter was happy to come along we would go walking, if not then we would do something else today.
All day yesterday she was happy to go – her outfit was planned and walking boots were ready and I had confirmed we would meet the rest of the team in the car park at Manaton…….by 7 am Sunday morning she had completely changed her mind. Typical.
Team Sparks went walking round glorious Dartmoor today, without me!
I haven’t been feeling that well in the last few days so I was secretly pleased to be able to go back to sleep this morning. I’ve had a headache for a few days, which initially I put down to a bit of strrrreeeesssssss last week, however now I have a few gland ups and a general feeling of being ‘warm and unwell’. I am trying not to panic just yet and drinking as much fresh juice and eating lots of fruit and vegetables as is possible. The odd paracetamol and a liquid called Silver, which a friend gave me to boost my immune system. Fingers crossed I will soon be back to my normal self, I haven’t got time for this illness lark – I’ve got a mountain to climb!
Today’s mission was to sort out my medical kit.
Factor 50 Sunscreen/lipscreen
2 packs of wet wipes – there are no real facilities on the mountain as you can imagine. Aside from a bowl of water, all washing will be via wet wipes. (I am hoping the ‘no smell’ merino wool base layers I bought will be as good as their name – 6 days without a shower will be an interesting experience for team Sparks!)
Antibacterial hand gel
Earplugs – just in case I’m sharing a tent with a snorer!!
Imodium – with zero facilities on that mountain, you seriously don’t want a stomach upset. I bought 2 packs, just to be sure.
Paracetamol – headaches and altitude sickness go hand in hand
Ibuprofen – just to bring down any swellings from any potential injuries or to hit the headaches with a double whammy, in conjunction with the paracetamol!
Compeed plasters – if you have yet to discover these fabulous walkers plasters, get yourself down to Boots and buy some! You need never suffer with a blister again, they stay on your foot for days and offer some immense padding, so you can get those boots back on!! Whilst my walking boots are worn in I would imagine the odd hot spot is likely with 7 days of walking. I have stocked right up.
The king of ‘foot taping’ Peter Gold recommended I also buy zinc oxide tape, which I have. Must put ‘Ring Pete and ask how to tape up my feet again’ on my list of things to do this week.
Rehydration sachets – I can’t imagine how I will dehydrate when I am drinking 6 litres of water a day, but just incase….
Nailbrush – it’s so dusty on Kilimanjaro….and there is no way I want to be eating my dinner with vile fingernails.
I am a bit worried about not washing my hair for 6 days, am wondering whether I should even bother taking a mirror. Might be better to spare myself the full horror and leave the mirror behind?!