Training for Kilimanjaro: what to do when you’re time poor

By Wednesday, September 10, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 4

For those of us who have to, you know, work for a living, and keep up with general life commitments, it can be challenging to find adequate time to train. But all is not lost! If you look hard enough you will usually be able to find time in your schedule to do something. And doing something is much better than simply doing nothing.

In this post I will share some of the activities we’ve been undertaking in order to best prepare ourselves for our upcoming Kilimanjaro trek. We are very aware that if you fall victim to altitude sickness, there’s nothing you can do, but I’m guessing that becoming stronger and fitter is a whole lot better than remaining sedentary. If you want to know more, please keep reading.

Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2014


For those unfamiliar with this event, the trail is 100km and you undertake it in teams of 4 over a maximum of 48 hours. The trailwalker event for Melbourne in 2014 followed this route: (start) Jells Park in Wheelers Hill > Churchill National Park > Lysterfield Lake Park > Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground > Olinda Reserve > Graham Colling Reserve > Woori Yallock Primary School > Warburton Golf Club > Wesburn Park (finish).

This is a pretty long read but I wanted to document it mostly for my benefit, so that I don’t ever forget my experience.

Before I begin, I would like to emphasise that despite how it may sound, it was overall a very positive experience for me. I don’t want any of the ‘gruelling’ details that follow to discourage you. To complete this feat is amazing achievement for anyone, and I admire those who have the physical and mental strength to do it year after year. The event itself was run so smoothly and professionally with many fantastic volunteers. If this is something you’ve ever considered doing, you should most definitely give it a go.