Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 6

Kilimanjaro part 6

Part five and Day five of a bloody long walk

At the summit – now that all the yahooing, crying, tears, handshakes and hugs are all over we can hear the head guide telling us not to go to sleep and to start to make our way back down.  I’m physically and emotionally shattered by this point.  All I really want to do is have a feed and lay down for a sleep.  Closing my eyes seems soothing and a blessing.

Standing up is hard, however, I just have to do it or never leave.  And that wouldn’t be a good look.  Plus the paperwork, LOL! So we’re off down the same path we walked up.  One foot after another and those boots didn’t lose weight, they seemed to gain it.  The sun is up and I’m keen for breakfast.  Knowing there are no cafes up here you have to move!

Back to lifting my feet and instantly judging the ground.  You definitely don’t want a broken or sprained ankle at this altitude!  Time was slow enough going up the night earlier, now that the sun is up my eyes are stinging and want to close.  My guide grabs me and says we have to go.  Over rocks, around rocks, along narrow tracks where you need to bend over to slide between boulders.  And, finally, we get to the top of the scree.  My guide tells me it’s like skiing.  Cool.  I’ve never been skiing before!  This’ll be fun.  I worked out to take big steps.  At times you slide into the scree up to your knees, then you throw the back leg forward and do it all over again.  Oh, and don’t forget to listen out for someone yelling out “rock”.  Time to stop, look and stand aside as it rolls past you.  An interesting sight for a person who can see, and an interesting sound for me.  The air is extremely dry and your mouth dries out really quickly!  I’m thankful for my gaters as they help to keep the scree out of our boots.

On arrival, the hut at Camp Kibo is a lovely sight, even though I can’t see it.  Unfortunately, we’re asked to get our gear packed, go to the toilet if you have to, have a drink of water,  and prepare to move on.  There are lots of tired and excited voices around all looking forward to a feed and sleep but that’s not till we get to the Horombo Hutts, 3700m above sea level.

As the group leaves Camp Kibo the first snow of winter begins.  Such a lovely sight for the sighted persons to see, especially for those who haven’t been in snow before.  I can hear the snow hitting my rain jacket.  A very settling sound.  No trees, no shrubs, no grass.  Just rocks, dirt, snow and a number of tired, excited trekkers.

That afternoon we make it back to the Horombo Huts and are allocated cabins for the night.  With my guide I find mine and get inside to unpack and pack the days clothing.  Sit on my bed, actually more like fall onto my bed, which is on the floor. Another trekker askes if he can sit beside me.  “Mate, I don’t care where you sit, just not on me, I’m shattered!”  He says that he’s no better.  That was a bloody long day!!!

There’s dinner and a regroup that night.  The next morning the alarm is set for 6:30am.  Bottles are left outside for the porters to fill for us.  Down to the food hall for breakfast where there is no milo and the porridge is very watery.  Just add salt to flavour! Then we’re off again.  The track hasn’t changed except for the grasses, shrubs and foliage.  We’re beginning to hear birds again and a bird similar to a crow.  Around lunchtime, we stop at an area with timber picnic tables and benches.  We are presented with, I think, pieces of chicken and what felt like french toast.  Kind of rubbery, but tasty.  You’re really looking forward to a cafe to order something you can recognise!

We made it back to the 2700m above sea level Mandara huts.  Another welcome sight.  We’re given the opportunity to relax for the afternoon and explore to the near lookout at Maundi crater over looking Kenya   and Northern Tanzania.  You can see a very long way.

The next day, we’re off to the gate this time back the way we came.  Taller trees are gathering around us, more birds and monkeys in the trees.  Before leaving the Mandara Huts we are advised that near the gate leading out we may have children on the track about 5 or 6 years old selling chocolates.  We have been given stricked instructions not to look them in the eye.  To look straight forward and ignore them.  With money in my pocket that was difficult and I did shed a tear.  “Chocolate for a dollar”, “Chocolate for a dollar” is what they are saying.  That’s their living.

Well, we’ve made it out and wait for the trek leader to sign us out of the National Park.  We’re loaded into the bus to take us back to the resort with the eight-foot fence and barbed wire to have a shower, change and then we can go into Moshi to buy a souvenir.  Now that’s an experience!  I’ll tell you about it next blog.

See ya’

Is BPA-FREE Plastic really safe to use?


All is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. Let’s look at how plastics labelled as ‘BPA-free’ are actually not quite different from their BPA versions.

From reusable water bottles, plastic plates, to the liners in the canned foods, BPA (Bisphenol A) can be found.

BPA is proven to have a disruptive impact on normal hormone functions. With an explosion of research on BPA in the past few years, many studies have shed light on its negative effect on wildlife in terms of their reproductive and metabolic functions. These side effects are not just limited to the world of animals, but also have a grave impact on human reproductive functions that can be carried from generation to another.

As more and more companies moved away from using BPA in their products, a rise in BPA-free products started to gain momentum. After a few years, different versions of the BPA-free plastics like the BPS, BPF, BPZ, and many more became common in everyday products.

What is surprising that despite been tagged as BPA-free, these all basically contain a similar chemical structure to that of BPA, with just slight differences in each of them. So, all is not safe in the world of BPA-free plastics. The truth is, BPA or any of its variations, are very likely to disrupt the early reproductive functions in animals as well as humans.

What is now required is the regulation and banning of chemicals like BPA by class and not individually. As consumers, we can limit our use of plastics by replacing them with other sustainable alternatives like glass and steel.

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Plant protein versus animal protein

Your entire body is made up of proteins. These proteins originate from the food you have eaten in your past. Since you have consumed only two types of foods, that is, plants and animals, the proteins in your body have also come from these two sources.

More than 60% of the proteins consumed by humans in the world are supplied by plants. If you are thinking that proteins only originate in milk and other dairy products than you need to broaden your horizon! It also comes from whole grains, cereals, and even fermented plant foods.

It is a popular notion that protein is found more in animals rather than plants. Sometimes the words eggs and meat are synonymous with protein. But, there are some sources which support plant protein including Popular Science who recently announced that plant protein is superior.

The debate goes on so we need to look at it from various perspectives.

1. Protein with fat or, Protein with fibre

Even though the protein content in meat is high, it lacks fibre, which is an important carbohydrate required for digestion. Fibre is also helpful in promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Consuming plants offers more nutrients compared to animals.

On the other hand, consuming animal proteins will include fat in your diet which, in excess, can be harmful to your body.

2. Plants are “healthier” than animals

Just passing a statement like this one is not correct. You need to make your own choices and decide what is best for you. Certainly, there are healthy people who are non-vegetarians. At the same time, there are also people who are vegetarians and smoke regularly.

There is a greater perspective here.

3. A balanced diet

Dividing plants and animals based simply on protein is not reasonable. If plants have a good percentage of nutrients, animals have a good content of fatty acids.

Where the ultimate goal is to have a balanced diet it may be best to combine animal and plant-based foods optimally to get the best of both. Perhaps rather than deciding to be completely carnivorous or herbivorous, be omnivorous. Your choice!

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Caring for your skin organically

You may already be aware that many commercially available cosmetic products we use in daily life contain chemicals which are toxic to your skin.

They may change your appearance in the short term, but using these products long term can damage your skin. It’s always preferable to choose organic products or natural methods to take care of your skin.

Very popular natural techniques include

  • drinking plenty of water
  • eating fresh fruits and vegetables
  • using products from nature like fuller’s earth (MultaniMitti), lemon, honey, rose water, etc. to apply on your skin
  • avoiding sun exposure
  • playing sport or doing heavy physical activity to encourage sweating

Apart from these natural techniques for keeping your skin healthy, here are some other ways you can improve your skin without it being harmful to your health.

1. Use Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses plant extracts and essential natural oils to cleanse and nourish your skin. It’s an ideal treatment for premature aging. The use of potent natural extracts provides many therapeutic benefits.

2. Use Phytochemicals

When using any product for skin care it is important that they penetrate your skin to the dermal layers and also act in other layers. Phytochemicals are compounds found in plants which have essential nutrients required for the skin. They are tiny in size and can penetrate the skin.

3. Live a stress-free life

Todays’s fast-paced lifestyle results in the release high levels of cortisol and adrenaline in your body which works against the natural mechanism. It affects the immune system which makes you prone to illness. This change in the chemicals released in our body also affects the skin. Therefore, try to live a life free from stress. Don’t take life too seriously! Be grateful if you have the necessities of life.

4. Eat Healthily

Your skin is the body’s largest organ. Whatever goes into your body will affect your skin. If your diet lacks important nutrients, this will be reflected in your skin. No matter how expensive the natural products are that you apply externally, it is important to take care of your skin from the inside.

5. Apply Natural Oils

Use oils which are made from cold pressed seeds. These are rich in natural antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Omega based plant oils can minimise the effects of ageing and skin disorders by reducing inflammation and balancing excess oil levels.

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Has your Mobile Phone got anything to do with Cancer?

Yes – says a recent study!

Mobile phones continuously emit RF radiation. Whether you are using it or not, a switched on wireless device is always establishing links with cell towers, thereby emitting radiation on a continuous basis.

A recent scientific study backed by the US government clearly and openly indicated a link between mobile phones and cancer. The study, conducted on rats, threw light on the effects of mobile phone radiation and its link with cancer. The study talked about a “clear evidence” of cancer caused by mobile phone radiation on the basis of a heart tissue cancer occurrence in the tested rats.

What is the Stance of Mobile Phone Industries on it?

In the past, there have been other studies that indicated links between mobile phone radiation and brain tumours as well as genetic damage. Moreover, there have been studies that have proven the biological impact of wireless devices by heating our tissues.

Despite this, the mobile phone industry has continued to mislead and deceive users regarding the risks of mobile phone radiation. Ignoring all such claims made by scientists, the mobile phone industry has continued its propaganda about the harmlessness of mobile phones for human use including use by children. Every day the mobile phone industry comes up with newer versions of their previous technologies without any pre-market testing.

What Can You Do?

Do any of these claims regarding mobile phone use and its link with cancer impact your mobile-use habits in any way? Well, if you are convinced with the scientist’s views claiming the health risks of mobile phones, you must follow these simple tips –

  1. Restrict mobile phone use by children as much as possible, as their thinner skulls make them more susceptible to the ill effects of radiation.
  2. Keep your mobile phone as far from your body as possible.
  3. Do not keep your mobile phone under your pillow, at a bedside table or anywhere near you while sleeping. Switch it off or use flight mode to stop radiation from affecting you in any way.
  4. Try and avoid longer conversations on a mobile phone, instead use a landline with a corded phone for the same.
  5. Constantly switch sides of your phone while communicating to spread out the duration of your exposure to the radiation.
  6. Last but not the least, avoid mobile usage in case of weak signals and while commuting from one place to another.

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The personalFloww® is perfect for those always on the move. Carry the personalFloww® close to your body, for example in the pocket of a jacket or trousers during the day, or place it under your pillow while you sleep. It should always be worn on or be in close proximity to the body.

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