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February 05, 2012 JAMBO !  The Barefoot Impi came to me and ADVENTURE DYNAMICS - 8 months ago with this crazy project and I said I would sleep on it.  These mad men and woman want to climb Kilimanjaro with no shoes!  I woke at midnight and said “YES” it can be done but I would have to …
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February 03, 2012 Day 1 The video looks at the terrain of Day 1, which takes us from 1,800m to 2,600m through a mix of rain forest and savannah. The terrain is small and medium sized stones. Ross describes the strategy for the week.   Day 2 Reports from the camp on Day 2, at Kikelewa Caves at 2,600m. Ross describes the…
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February 02, 2012 Yesterday we paid a visit to the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital to spend time with the real heroes of Barefoot Kili. It was so nice to see how well some of our little friends in the Burns Unit have healed since our last visit. While Dave, Matt and Ross were interviewed by the…
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January 31, 2012 The interesting thing about the human condition is that we live and die by various sets of boundaries and paradigms. These are either drilled into us by our parents, taught by our teachers or experienced through the school of hard knocks. So when someone comes along and pitches an idea that overshoots our idea of…
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January 28, 2012 We have done it!!! At 13h45 today the Old Mutual Barefoot Kilimanjaro Team summited and stood barefoot on the top of Africa. After setting off this morning in sub-zero temperatures, the team realised that today would challenge each and everyone of us. It would be a day that would make any previous day look very ordinary.…
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January 28, 2012 The entire Impi are barefoot on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Gave everything in ice & snow. All safe... Thanks everyone...…
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January 27, 2012 We arrived early at Mawenzi Camp on day 3, after a strong and stunning climb. It is by far the most beautiful of the camps, nestled in next to a mountain tarn. I seized the opportunity to have my first (pocket) shower in four days (a much appreciated loan from Jo @adventureInc). What a treat to…
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January 27, 2012 Today was a medium to hard push from Mawenzi Tarn, up and over the Mawenzi peak ridge line and then across a very barren and windswept saddle to Kibo Hut base camp. We are now at 4700m above Camps Bay. A fair number of us are suffering the effects of wind burn and chapped lips.…
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January 27, 2012 Epic interview with Gi live on 567 Cape Talk via sat. phone from Mawenzi Tarn camp (4330m) …
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January 27, 2012 Skinny Cappuccino & Sean riff on day 3 - Mawenzi Tarn (4330m). …
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January 26, 2012 Although Sean had warned us and we had prepared for a chilly night last night, it was colder than anyone had expected. Altough I got a good night's sleep, every time I rolled over my rudimentary sleeping mat I was reminded of the temperatures outside and tucked up tighter into my minus 8 sleeping bag.…
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January 25, 2012 It's mind-blowing how the temperature drops as the sun sets in Kikelewa Camp, our rest place at the end of a tough day 2. After a wonderfully warm day out, the temp has dropped to below 0C for the first time, given us a little taste of what lies ahead. As we complete the days duties…
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January 25, 2012 After an early wake-up call, some warm water to wash our faces and a wholesome porridge breakfast, we set off on day 2. This is our second longest day on the expedition so provisions were made to carry ample water and food. The Diamox is playing havoc with all of our bladders and we are…
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January 24, 2012 Well I've just had my first shower on the rocks of a crystal clear mountain stream at Simba Camp (camp number 1). The dust has washed off and the French pedicure is still intact! We're enjoying a delicious dinner at the base of beautiful Kili and the temperature is dropping rapidly as we speak, reflecting…
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January 24, 2012 Well here it is. In a few minutes time we take our first steps on Kili ending a long roller-coaster build up to this epic adventure. Driving to the trail-head looking out the window at the spectacular views of the mountain to our left is perhaps our first major reward, emphasising the life's lesson of…
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January 24, 2012 A long day of travel, a short night of sleep, and a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro punctuated Day 1 of the expedition. We had a short night's sleep in Moshi, at the foot of Kilimanjaro, and are currently heading to the gate that signals the start of our summit attempt. The team is in great…
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January 20, 2012 Being my last day in the office before our expedition, my colleagues, showing their support for our cause very kindly decided to go barefoot the entire day today. Just goes to show that working in a corporate environment isn't always about conforming and being serious. Thanks all for the continued support team, much appreciated!   …
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January 20, 2012 <img src="http://dogreatthings.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/396609_10151183203725641_867455640_22457055_573538826_n.jpg"/>Just love this picture. Without sounding too cheesy, it really is worth a thousand words. Thank you to those who have signed up as Impi’s and especially those who have supported the cause and donated to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. I'm sure there are so many people out there to thank individually but a…
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January 20, 2012 Part of my responsibility on the team is to make sure that the site is constantly updated - before and during the expedition. Keeping a site current and interesting is relatively easy when you have a laptop with wireless Internet connections available everywhere and a power source to keep your battery topped up. Doing the…
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January 18, 2012 This time next week, we’ll be most of the way through a day that takes us up to Kikilewa Caves, an altitude of 3,450m and a temperature of about 10 degrees Celsius. Hopefully, the terrain will be kind to our feet and we’ll get to this point feeling nicely energized for the next stage, the…
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January 18, 2012 I have met a few people and have a few friends who still dismiss this expedition as crazy, stupid or simply irresponsible. But I suppose this is the natural reaction when something is so far beyond comprehension for those that understand the challenges of summiting Kilimanjaro. But herein lies what I think may be one…
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January 16, 2012 I feel shattered this Monday morning after our hectic weekend which has just passed. The whole Barefoot Kili team were in Cape Town for a final preparation, strategy and filming session before depart for Tanzania in one week’s time. It was quite honestly the most productive weekend I have had in a very long time…
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January 16, 2012 With the mind and chassis feeling in relatively good nick, the reality of what awaits us at the summit really hit home over the weekend with the humbling experience of sitting in that demonic cold room at the, 'CUM' (Cape Union Mart) at Canal Walk. Never having been in such extreme conditions was a massive…
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January 13, 2012 As one would expect, shooting a documentary on the slopes of killi poses a considerable number of production challenges and Finding ways to overcome these challenges adds a whole new aspect to our preparation for this climb. Apart from the obvious challenges of no power, sub zero temperatures and severely limited weight and space capabilities,…
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January 13, 2012 For any adventurous spirit a hike up to the highest point on the African continent is a bucket list trip of note. I have been lucky enough to spend time in some of the most pristine mountain ranges on the planet including the Himalaya, the Andes and the Caucasus. That being said [pull_quote]I simply cannot…
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January 12, 2012 From a scientific point of view, a barefoot attempt of Kilimanjaro presents some unique challenges, and amplifies some of the existing challenges of getting to Africa's highest point.  Broadly, there are three barefoot-risks that we'll have to deal with, and much of the last month's preparation has been spent working out how to overcome these…
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January 11, 2012 What started off being a fun training walk over the weekend in the Central Berg, scheduled for 3 hours, turned very nearly into something much more serious. After the first 2 hours all was going well when an extremely unwanted band of thick clouds rolled in. Being fairly confident I could match up to the…
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January 06, 2012 Ross and Cam pushed their 1st cold room research session this morning at Cape Union Mart in Century City. The session consisted of 2 x 10 minute stints using different warming techniques in between and then a 15 minute and 20 minute stint. The testing was done between -17 and – 11 degrees Celsius. Much…
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January 03, 2012 Over the past few weeks of training barefoot in and around Durbs - nothing has been as entertaining as seeing peoples faces as I either jog past, take my dogs for a walk or motor along with my walking sticks. Peoples reactions are so entertaining and I often wonder what exactly is going through their…
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December 20, 2011 Bet you thought that you would never get to read a post that started with a title like this one. But in my case, I really do have to thank the nice people at the Wynberg office for an unbelievable seven day turn around time on my last minute passport application. I am so chuffed to…
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December 20, 2011 “Often when I put my mind to something the laws of science somehow seem to evaporate like the mist that rolled in on my rookie barefoot mountain summit of Lions Head yesterday. Knowing full well that my return flight post a hectic work schedule was even more important than simply ‘getting home’, for I had…
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December 20, 2011 Every time I have a conversation with someone about the Barefoot Kill expedition, my perception of where on the scale of difficulty, from ridiculously easy to absolutely impossible, this undertaking will be. There are just so many factors involved to get a true handle on it. It is one of those things that you just have to go and…
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