135 ft

12/02/2011 07:26am - 135 ft / 41 m

Great flight home, always good to be back in the UK! wonder what the next adventure is

11/02/2011 07:26pm - 5337 ft / 1627 m

Boarding our flight, next stop London. Planning on sleeping all the way...am shattered!

11/02/2011 07:13pm - 5337 ft / 1627 m

...and the award for hottest airport in the world goes to Nairobi International Airport!!

11/02/2011 02:39pm - 5392 ft / 1643 m

special thanks to Unity5 who devised this iPhone app so I could stay in touch with you!

11/02/2011 02:37pm - 5388 ft / 1642 m

we have raised lots of money for Sparks charity helping children be born and stay healthy

11/02/2011 02:36pm - 5427 ft / 1654 m

Almost at the airport, thank you for your love & support - been an incredible experience

11/02/2011 12:06pm - 4356 ft / 1328 m

Goodbye Tanzania, it's been emotional! crossing into Kenya!

11/02/2011 09:52am - 4522 ft / 1378 m

leaving the hotel, destination Nairobi airport! can't believe it's time to come home!

11/02/2011 06:48am - 4522 ft / 1378 m

Sharpening my negotiation skills at the Masai Market!

11/02/2011 03:55am - 4522 ft / 1378 m

7am here. Going to head to a local market for souvenirs, team lunch at 11.30 then heading to airport

11/02/2011 03:55am - 4522 ft / 1378 m

feet/hands & lips swollen and face wind burnt from summit climb - looking good this morning (not!!)

10/02/2011 05:09pm - 4522 ft / 1378 m

At hotel about to transform from dusty mountaineer into me! hair conditioner here I come!!

10/02/2011 02:50pm - 2701 ft / 823 m

en route to hotel, looking forward to my first shower in 6 days and a cold beer!!

10/02/2011 01:39pm - 6186 ft / 1885 m

I'm now officially signing out of Kilimanjaro national park.

10/02/2011 05:17am - 12139 ft / 3700 m

shattered and everything aches. 8 hour walk to the edge of kilimanjaro national park

09/02/2011 02:29pm - 12137 ft / 3699 m

So fabulous to be at 3500m at this camp, can now breath normally and no headache!

09/02/2011 02:28pm - 12211 ft / 3722 m

Great to have dropped altitude, this camp at 3500m! Can breath normally and no headaches! Yay!

09/02/2011 01:30pm - 12564 ft / 3830 m

heading to horumbo camp! last night camping!

09/02/2011 05:46am - 16405 ft / 5000 m

started walking at 11.30pm reached summit 7am and saw sunrise. cried like a baby

09/02/2011 05:44am - 16429 ft / 5008 m

knackered now, hardest thing I've ever done. need sleep and a cold beer!!!

09/02/2011 05:43am - 16440 ft / 5011 m

struggled to find signal for ages, so wanted to share the moment :o(

08/02/2011 04:00am - 19340 ft / 5895 m

I did it!

07/02/2011 04:06pm - 14121 ft / 4304 m

team anxious, it's a long day as we need to get down too - 24 hrs walking. wish me luck!

07/02/2011 04:04pm - 14122 ft / 4304 m

there is another summit 90 mins further, going to try to get to both

07/02/2011 04:03pm - 14122 ft / 4304 m

at 11.30pm we start summit climb arriving at Gilman summit 6 hours later.

07/02/2011 04:01pm - 14114 ft / 4302 m

tomorrow is the big day. walk to the next camp (5 hours and up to 4700m) then rest

07/02/2011 04:00pm - 14091 ft / 4295 m

Hello Josh and Matilda, missing you both and love you lots xxxx

07/02/2011 09:51am - 14089 ft / 4294 m

surprisingly here, exp it to be colder but no clouds atm, so enjoying it whilst we can!

07/02/2011 09:34am - 14089 ft / 4294 m

at camp for lunch, it's been quiet a walk! doing an altitude walk for 2 hrs this avo

07/02/2011 07:13am - 13000 ft / 3962 m

so high, hardwork but incredible views. pace v slow to acclimatise as we are climbing

07/02/2011 04:53am - 12007 ft / 3660 m

which is funny, minor confusion, can't sleep and getting out of breath packing rucksack!

07/02/2011 04:45am - 12007 ft / 3660 m

Heading to Mawenzi Tarn camp - climbing 700m. Team feeling effects of altitude now

07/02/2011 04:42am - 12007 ft / 3660 m

breakfast outside, sun shining. Bad nights sleep - that's the altitude apparently!

06/02/2011 03:11pm - 12048 ft / 3672 m

camped on edge of mountain, incredible looking out across Africa. Having an awesome time!

06/02/2011 03:11pm - 12048 ft / 3672 m

At the next camp, feeling great! Had a wash, now enjoying hot chocolate before dinner!

06/02/2011 12:40pm - 12060 ft / 3676 m

Having toilet/snack stops hourly, we are burning 350 calories per hour at this altitude

06/02/2011 10:05am - 11427 ft / 3483 m

team conversation mostly around the mountain toilet experience, it's quite an experience!!!

06/02/2011 08:43am - 11107 ft / 3385 m

wish could share the view, the summit of Kili to my left & Kenya below me. awesome!

06/02/2011 06:52am - 9810 ft / 2990 m

buffalo and elephant droppings on this walk- would be cool to see them but unlikely apparently!

06/02/2011 05:40am - 9017 ft / 2748 m

porters are amazing, food is ace! butternut soup followed by curried fish, spuds & veg!

06/02/2011 05:36am - 8952 ft / 2729 m

woohoo signal again! day 2 is 8 hours and climbing 1000 metres. sun shining!

05/02/2011 11:33am - 6597 ft / 2011 m

we are off and walking thru the rain forest- next stop simba camp

05/02/2011 10:42am - 6576 ft / 2004 m

Im standing on Mount Kilimanjaro - woohoo!! Just sorting out lunch/kit before we leave! OMG!

05/02/2011 06:07am - 4522 ft / 1378 m

in a jeep heading to the mountain, will take 2 hours to get to our starting point! Taking the Rongai route. Excited!!!!

04/02/2011 07:23pm - 4665 ft / 1422 m

Climbing into bed for the last decent sleep I'll have in a while! Cant believe we start our ascent tomorrow! Night all!

04/02/2011 04:44pm - 4665 ft / 1422 m

'eat as much as you can' drs orders at dinner. burning loads of calories from now on! No prob!!

04/02/2011 04:36pm - 4672 ft / 1424 m

Thought it was a joke when was told be careful of 'mountain lions' it seems not!

04/02/2011 02:02pm - 4473 ft / 1363 m

just woken from a power nap, briefing from doc in 45 mins. Its now raining. 5.15pm here

04/02/2011 08:26am - 4448 ft / 1356 m

Can see kilimanjaro in the distance - incredible sight. Start our climb tomorrow.

04/02/2011 07:34am - 4135 ft / 1260 m

just crossed from Kenya into Tanzania, its fabulously hot, hot, hot here!

04/02/2011 05:15am - 5309 ft / 1618 m

Landed safely, great flight. confusing visa forms to deal with

03/02/2011 06:22pm - 73 ft / 22 m

I'm on the plane! goodbye England, hello big adventure. big kisses Josh and Matilda, missing you both already xxx

03/02/2011 04:50pm - 99 ft / 30 m

I've just been subject to a random body scan!!! LOL!! quick and painless, asked the staff to take a pic of it happening, they wouldn't! dammit! hello departures! boarding in an hour!

03/02/2011 02:56pm - 92 ft / 28 m

I'm at Heathrow! Stupidly excited about the whole 'airport experience' although this time round there will be no large glass of rose or duty free shopping frenzy! Meeting our team doctor and rest of the team at 4pm.

03/02/2011 01:13pm - 193 ft / 59 m

Feel like we are on a school trip in this mini bus! Back on the road after a quick toilet and coffee stop. Head banging from the antimalarials, but guess the other cause could well be this rickety minibus!! General feeling from the team is excitement, been building up to this day for 7 months. Cant believe we are finally en route to climb Kilimanjaro!

03/02/2011 11:18am - 94 ft / 29 m

....and we are off!! after a tearful goodbye team Sparks are on the minibus heading to Heathrow! woohoo!

02/02/2011 03:35pm - 28 ft / 9 m

Final purchase of Ginger cake at Darts...I hope there's decent cake on the mountain!!!

02/02/2011 02:40pm - 66 ft / 20 m

I've eaten all their pizza and disrupted their work...now it's back to the office to tie up the loose ends! thanks boys, you're the greatest xx

02/02/2011 01:34pm - 66 ft / 20 m

I'm at Unity5 for some last minute technical help before my trip! My MacBook has given up the ghost and I need some more music uploaded to my iPod, thank goodness I have such clever friends that can help me access the data on the busted drive!!

02/02/2011 11:37am - 132 ft / 40 m

Heading off to get currency, not sure what I'll buy on a mountain but kit list suggests $200 enough!

01/02/2011 01:08pm - 27 ft / 8 m

In Cotswolds buying last minute trek essentials - more Icebreaker merino wool tops, possibly sad I get so excited about kit?!

30/01/2011 12:21pm - 250 ft / 76 m

A family day out with friends at Escot. Can't believe my trip to Tanzania is only 4 days away!!

29/01/2011 09:08pm - 118 ft / 36 m

what an amazing service they offer at exmouth casualty. I've got an eye infection, seen by a doctor immediately and he's off to get me some eye drops - phew, I'll be able to see the view from top of the mountain next week!!

29/01/2011 05:55pm - 200 ft / 61 m

Drat! I'm at Tesco ready to stock up on trek supplies and I've left my 'bags for life' at home. Grrr!

29/01/2011 09:32am - 0 ft / 0 m

I'm here at BBC Radio Devon - on air in 10 minutes!

29/01/2011 08:31am - 0 ft / 0 m

leaving home heading for BBC Radio Devon studio in Plymouth. I'm on John Goviers show this morning! *scared*

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