One Year at Stanford Down, Kilimanjaro to Go

It is unbelievable how quickly time goes by. I have finished my first year at Stanford, and while it wasn't all sun filled days of tossing around the frisbee, I have learned more in the last year than I have learned in my entire life. While Stanford's academic schedule is known to be intense, I never truly knew what it was like to learn so much so fast (ex - all of Physics - Mechanics in 10 weeks). I am definitely a year older and much wiser, and can't wait to try out some of my new study methodologies next year.

Not wanting to rest on my laurels however, I will soon be leaving the valley of the sun once again to head off to Tanzania, Africa, where I will be hiking Kilimanjaro. It has been a dream of mine for years to hike Kilimanjaro and this dream will finally come true. In the past two weeks I have been back in Phoenix, I have been hiking Camelback Mountain three times a day every other day starting out at 5am to beat the heat. I have been wearing my new Asolo boots in and I am ready to go.

As usual, I will be bringing along my camera and journal to document my journey and be sure to come back here in a couple of weeks to see the results of my adventure. If it is as amazing as I think it will be, I can promise you some unbelievable photography and fantastic stories. 

It will take me almost a day and a half to get there and with a time change of 10 hours (shifted forward, midnight in PHX, 10am in Kilimanjaro), it should be an interesting acclimatization period. Incredibly enough, I do not have that much gear. All of the gear you see on the left fits in the duffle bag and my trusty Camelback you see on the right. This is largely due to the use of stuff sacks, which I will describe in my gear write up later on.

Wish me luck! I am excited beyond belief. See ya in two weeks!