The presentation was very informative and gave us an incredible visual account of Joanne Beattie's group climb and her summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2014.
She shared her personal stories and insights of her climb from a very positive and honest perspective.
Joanne and I have spent many hours discussing and visualizing what our climb will be like. We have visualized relaxing in camp after a long day of hiking, sleeping in our tents, eating our meals from the mountain menu. We have visualized our days of ascending, summiting and descending. We have given much thought to how we may be affected by the altitude and what to pack so that we are prepared for just about anything the mountain has to throw at us.
Joanne Beattie's account of her climb brought so much more clarity to the visions we have conjured for our climb. They helped us to better understand how altitude may affect us and gave us tips on what to bring with us. Her stories added warmth and personality to the porters and guides. The entire presentation made us feel confident that this is going to be an adventure full of amazing moments, great beauty and personal growth.
Ten more weeks and growing more excited everyday :)