This blog was written by Olivia Prophet who, together with her father Richard, climbed Kilimanjaro in August 2019.
Once I made the decision, rather on a whim, to climb Kilimanjaro I was a little nervous to tell my Dad about my plans. As well as being very much a non-outdoorsy person like myself, he also has a habit of being a little bit overprotective, and I wasn’t sure how he would react to me jetting off to Africa to climb the largest free-standing mountain in the world. His response was something I could not have anticipated. A year later I found myself standing at the top of Kilimanjaro, not only surrounded by a bunch of amazing porters and students like myself, but also my Dad.
There are so many wonderful things I could say about the entire experience. The walking itself took us through multiple beautiful terrains that became more striking the further we got. Once you reach a certain height you are above the cloud line, which was not only surreal but made you feel completely disconnected from society below and fully immersed into the mountain and the people you are with. As a result of this, the group you are with really becomes a unit. This was best experienced on summit night. Hearing those little bits of encouragement and the feeling that everyone is truly rooting for you is what keeps you going.