Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 4

Part four and Day three of a bloody long walk.

This day finds us still at the Horombo Huts at 3700 m above sea level.  It’s an acclimatization day.  We are asked to relax and take in the fresh air, allowing our body time to adjust to the altitude, mind you the alarm is still set for 7am to have breakfast!  We’re given the option, which I took, to walk to Mawenzi Ridge and Zebra Rock at a height of 4100 m above sea level.

On arrival, those with sight admired the scenery.  The South African trekkers had the opportunity, if they choose, to climb the rock and have photos taken.  As this rock is considered sacred to the local people, I chose to respect the Tanzanian people and not climb.

We mulled around for about 20 minutes to half an hour then made a slow walk back to the Horombo Huts for lunch.  There are plenty of great scenic views from this altitude to admire.  The high altitude makes itself felt in the thin, low oxygen air that you breathe and we’re reminded to prepare for the trek on the following day which is the big one!  You’re suggested to drink an extra liter of water throughout the day and also another through the night as dehydration is a contributor to altitude sickness.

The afternoon passed slowly and a fellow sighted trekker told us of a climber from a different group who was experiencing altitude sickness and had to be evacuated by the local ambulance.  This consisted of a steel bed-frame with two handles at each end.  The trekker was wrapped in their sleeping bag and strapped down.  Under the bed frame was the rear end of a motorcycle suspension and wheel.  With a porter at each end they then ran back down the track to the gate, where hopefully, an actual ambulance was waiting.  No machinery up there.  Everything is carried in and everything is carried out!

From there we just relaxed, waiting for dinner and contemplating what’s coming. The next day.  This is the big one!

The walk to the summit will be in the next update.

If this is your first time reading these posts I’ll let you know I’m blind.

(Image of Zebra rock from Gringo Potpourri)

Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 3

Kilimanjaro part 3

Part three and Day two of a bloody long walk.

Leaving the Mandara Huts, 2700m ASL (above sea level), this day took us to the Horombo Huts, 3700m ASL.  This day was extreme for me.  I’m not sure why but it just seemed to be never-ending.  The path was rougher with larger rocks on the path to navigate (as mentioned previously the path is not concrete or smooth) added to this were timber bridges, gutters, rocks and the fact I put on the wrong clothing.

The occasional light rain showers didn’t help!  The altitude started to play a role and with the little sight I had it all seemed to be very bleak.  Thinking back – I may have been dehydrated.  Keep in mind that I was trying to stay in arms-reach of my guide, therefore holding my arm up to keep in contact while we were walking.  Believe me – this gets painful after several hours!  Try holding your arm out in front of you in the one position for an hour, walking, and see how you go.  Added to that was the concentration of traversing the gutters and rocks of all sizes and shapes!

From our guides, I’m told of what the terrain looks like around us – valleys and more shrubs, the plant life mostly low ground cover.  There was apparently a bird similar to a crow at the Horombo camp.  Only one though.  I really don’t remember hearing any other bird life up there!

I distinctly remember the feeling of humidity possibly because we were walking through a cloud and lots of greenery.  Note to self for next expedition; Don’t wear the thermal undershirt too early.  Just makes the job harder!

We were able to fill our water bottles in streams on the way, always asking the porters which were safe to drink as some are poison to us due to vegetation rot tainting the water.  Arriving at Horombo Huts it was possible to see the summit of Kilimanjaro, or,  Kibo Summit as it is known in Tanzania.  We were encouraged to drink an extra litre of water through the night preparing for the major walk to come just two nights away.

I will be back with the next days walk in the New Year.  Please have a most lovely Christmas and New Year period.

Glass Milk Bottles – Available now

glass milk bottles

Are you like me and trying to avoid plastics?  And, are you also like me who purchases milk from the supermarket or store and places it in the fridge? It takes me around five days to consume a litre of milk.  So the milk I drink is exposed to the plastic for that period of time.

My concern about this led me to source the Groceries for Health 1L glass bottle. Yes, just like we had all those years ago when milk was delivered by the milkman.  Unfortunately, you had to pick them up from outside the front door before the crows, magpies or the dog beat you!

So now, as soon as I get home with the milk,  I pour it straight into a glass bottle thus reducing the time the fresh milk is exposed to plastic. I keep an empty bottle, cleaned, in the fridge for when the current bottle in use is nearly finished.  I’ll purchase a fresh bottle of milk and transfer it ready for use and throw the plastic bottle out after rinsing.

At present Purchasing two 1L bottles for $9 will include four reusable lids and biodegradable packaging.  Delivery anywhere across Australia and New Zealand will be  COD. A stainless steel funnel will be an extra for these bottles as soon as I find the right shape.

Instructions for purchasing;

Deposit $9 through direct deposit to

BSB 484-799,
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Account number 602318946.

Then use the contact form below and provide the transaction reference number.  Add in your postal address and we’ll have the GFH Glass Bottles on their way.

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The Benefits of Red Cabbage

Surprisingly enough, cabbage has been overlooked a lot for its weight loss and other health properties. Only used in salads, cabbage has become a leafy green which is not seriously taken into account, or taken notice of.

Here are some of the benefits of red cabbage. This vegetable is packed in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals used to propel many of the processes of the body. Listed below are the advantages of red cabbage:

Rich in antioxidants

Cabbage contains one of the largest reserves of antioxidants in the plant kingdom. This reserve of antioxidant is so high, it can protect you against vision loss and potential heart diseases.

Reduces inflammation levels

Inflammation can be a good thing, as your body needs it to fight off infections, fungi and diseases. However, too much of anything is a bad thing, and so too with inflammation. It can lead to a host of diseases including heart and cardiovascular disorders, arthritic issues, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Red cabbage does not remove all the inflammatory properties of your body, but it can aid your body to remove the excess.

improves digestion

A poor digestion is an issue for many people nowadays, especially with the advent of fast food. Eating red cabbage will help you improve your digestion, subsequently leading to weight loss.

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Olive Leaf Extract Improves Your Health

Olive tree leaf has been known for centuries to be an excellent propagator of good health. Used in the Mediterranean since eons, the full benefits of the tree are just coming to light for the Western world. Olive oil has been shown to be  beneficial to increase longevity but it’s the Oleuropein in olive tree leaves we will discuss here. Oleuropein is an extremely therapeutic and beneficial substance rich with antioxidants and containing a multitude of anti-inflammatory properties.

The benefits of Olive Tree Extracts are given below:

Reducing inflammation

Oleuropein reduces inflammation, which is extremely beneficial in reducing numerous mental and physical health problems that people endure on a daily basis. Reducing inflammation all-round is beneficial for the body as chronic inflammation can create health complications in the long run.

Preventing Cancer

Even though this may seem like a stretch, consuming Oleuropein has been proven to be useful in reducing the growth and spread of cancer cells in animals. However, far more research needs to be conducted in order to determine whether these benefits transfer for humans also.

Lowering the risk for high blood pressure

In a 2017 survey conducted on a group of men it was determined that consuming extracts of olive leaves was extremely beneficial in reducing the rate of high blood pressure, at times eliminating it completely. Even though this was a small study, it was important. With lowered blood pressure, the risk for cardiovascular diseases reduces, with heart disease and cardiovascular issues lowering significantly.

Research on the benefits of Olive Leaf Extracts is still relatively new. However, these results of these studies may prove to be groundbreaking, and immensely beneficial for mankind.

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About Groceries For Health

Groceries for Health are a proud Inner Origin Advocate.  Inner Origin products have been selected with care and follow strict guidelines to adhere to our philosophy.

This is a secure Australian site allowing you, the customer, to purchase the products and have them delivered direct to your door.

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