Macs Adventure, Walk of the Week, Walking

Walk of the Week – Chile’s W-Trek

4 Feb , 2015  

Welcome to Walk of the Week, where we highlight our old favourites and hidden gems to offer walking inspiration to all. This week, we head to Chile on the Torres del Paine W-Trek, so named because its route is shaped like a W. You’ll really feel like you are heading to the end of the […]

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Altitude Sickness on Kilimanjaro

22 Sep , 2011  

Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is a major concern when climbing Kilimanjaro. The permit system on Kilimanjaro, where the national park charges per day rather than per climb encourages operators to offer shorter itineraries in order to be competitive on price. This means that on shorter itineraries full acclimatisation will not be possible and even on […]

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How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

15 Sep , 2011  

Climbing Kilimanjaro is graded strenuous and you should be in good physical fitness and have experience of multi day trekking or walking trips prior to undertaking a Kilimanjaro climb. Most days involve 4 – 7 hours of walking at altitude and the summit day is very strenuous with most people walking for between 14 – […]

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4 Alternative Walks to the West Highland Way

10 Feb , 2011  

For obvious reasons, the West Highland Way is one of, if not the most popular long distance walk in the UK.  The transition from the suburbs of Glasgow out into the increasingly dramatic Highland scenery is something which draws people back to the walk year after year. With the absence of the dreaded midge and […]

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Kilimanjaro Diary Finally Finished

28 Apr , 2010  

It’s taken me almost three months to the day, but my Kilimanjaro Climb diary, thoughts, photos etc are finally finished. So if you were one of the team I was lucky enough to spend the week with or are perhaps thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro yourself you can read all about our climb in January 2010. […]

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Kilimanjaro Climb Diary: Day 7

31 Jan , 2010  

Day 7: Kilimanjaro Climb: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1500m) We start the day with a huge breakfast as we try to recover from our calorie deficit caused by yesterday’s madness. This is closely followed by issuing tips to our fabulous crew of guides and porters. As we were dealing with a crew of […]

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Kilimanjaro Climb Diary – Summit Day

30 Jan , 2010  

Day 6: Kilimanjaro Climb: Summit Day: Barafu Camp: 4600m to Uhuru Peak 5895m It is, and feels like, the middle of the night when I drag myself out of my warm sleeping bag for the final push to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Friendly faces peer out of balaclavas, neck gaiters and woolly hats as we […]

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Kilimanjaro Climb Diary – Day 4

29 Jan , 2010  

Day 4: Kilimanjaro Climb – Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4050m) Barranco Wall towers above Barranco Camp. As soon as the sun rose above Kibo Peak a stream of porters and climbers could be seen winding their way up the seemingly impossibly steep wall. What did Barranco Wall hold in store for us? Technically […]

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Kilimanjaro Climb Diary – Day 5

29 Jan , 2010  

Day 5: Kilimanjaro Climb – Karanga Camp (4050m) to Barafu Camp (460m) So here how day 5 is meant to work: 7:00 — Breakfast at Karanga Camp 9:00 – Walk the three hours from Karanga to Barafu. 13:00 – Have lunch at Barafu Camp 14:00 – Have a long leisurely afternoon sleep to build your […]

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Kilimanjaro Climb Diary – Day 3

28 Jan , 2010  

Day 3: Kilimanjaro Climb – Shira Camp (3840m) to Barranco Camp (3950m) A beautiful cold, clear morning, a delicious breakfast, good company and a day of walking ahead. Does it get any better than this? Everyone was adapting to the altitude well and it was all smiles as we started on our trek to Barranco […]

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