A bike and a backpack

so this weekend I really took advantage of my free time and went biking every day. Saturday I just went to the Memorial Park Picnic loop to try out my new bike shoes. they are little too roomy so I think I’ll have to exchange them for a smaller size. Sunday morning I went to Terry Hershey and did about 13-14 …

Adventure Trails in Houston?

so while shopping at REI this weekend I met someone who does Adventure Trail Racing. He overheard me talking about Kili to on of the employees and started up a conversation with me. We exchanged stories and today he took me to Memorial park to show me the trails he trains on. Crazy! It was like leaving Houston and running …

Busy Day

Things I need to do this weekend: Workout 3 times – (1) 930am to 1030am Spin Class at Bally (2) Nothing, Fail (3) Nothing again, Double Fail Mail off VISA forms – Check – mailed after working out Go to REI to get the backpack fitted to my frame – Check! Start breaking in my hiking boots – Not started, …

Itinerary!

Countdown 44 days until I leave for Nairobi. I leave Houston on Oct. 6th. The 22hr flight gets me there by 7pm Oct 7th. Sleep, then wake up for the Trek. Day 1: Nairobi – VSO project visit –  8th October Meet in reception of the hotel in Nairobi at 11am. In the afternoon you will be visiting a VSO …

Hiking in Austin!

So last weekend I drove up to Austin for a hike in the great outdoors. Wow there were so many choices of state parks to go to . I ended up choosing McKinney Falls and went with my friends Chris, Caitlin and Adam. There was a 3 mile hike ending with water fall, but the falls were pretty dry considering …

Gathering Equiment

Friday I bought a Marmot softshell jacket for 30% off. It’s pretty nice, and I like it although pretty expensive. Over the next two months I’ll be putting together my travel bags, so I might hit up a few friends for hiking or traveling gear…=D Please let me know if you own a 4 season sleep bag, sleeping mat, or …

Slumpped, but now I’m back

Hello! I know its been about a month since I last posted. Last month was really slow and unproductive for me. I didn’t train or fundraise much and now that I’m less than 3 months away from my trip, the realization has hit me. This last week I researched flights, hiking gear, vaccines and visas. The logistics for this trip …

Training Update

Hello! Training is going well. I am going to try to follow a 9 week plan to be able to jog 30 minutes or 3 miles comfortably. Thanks for the advice Linh!(http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/134.shtml) Of course this will be a modified plan since I’m also doing a lot of bike riding. In fact this weekend I will be heading to Austin to …

Idea

Alex gave me a great idea. On his Texas 4000 trip they would dedicate each day to someone, do a moment of silence and capture some thoughts and words on video. If the day got hard, they had someone to think about and keep them going. My trek is 5 days, so I will dedicate each day to someone. I’ve …

The Beginning

I first heard about Mt. Kilimanjaro about 2 years ago when a friend of mine asked me to donate money to his cause: building a school for girls in a small village in Kenya. He and his team would summit the 19,330 ft mountain as part of their efforts to raise awareness about the gender discrimination and poverty surrounding African …