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    Cool trekking in Ethiopia

    HI! Its been a while since I posted. I have just returned from an amazing holiday/trek expedition in Ethiopia. I could not have done this without having lost all the weight I have lost. I stayed the same weight over the holiday, even with all the trekking.

    I have wanted to have a challenge and boy was this a challenge. I was completely out of my comfort zone, a porta loo the porters carried and no shower facilities, just body washing with wet wipes for a week. We started the holiday with some touring of Adidas Ababa, Laleibella and Gandor. We then spent a week trekking in the Simien Mountains. We did many km and some very steep climbs and which led to the final ascent of Rash Dashen which is 4570m ( a very high altitude). I managed to get to 4500, the last 70m was a steep climb and as I am afraid of heights I did not do it. I am however very pleased with what I have achieved and felt really good the whole time. I am now home and feeling so refreshed and 'human' again. I can highly recommend Ethiopia as a tourist place, the people are very friendly and it was interesting seeing how people live the the isolated villages. As we trekked up the steep hills with poles ad panting and rest stops, the children would rush past us barefoot or in jelly shoes and laugh at us struggling along. They have to trek up and down deep gorges just to get to school. The food that our chef cooked for us everyday was excellent and i lived on vegetables, eggs and protein bars. I had fish when I was in the larger towns, after our hike.

    It is now back to my normal routine and the gym.

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    Wow! Weight loss or not, I don’t think I could make a climb like that. Not enough oxygen up there! Glad you had this amazing adventure. Isn’t doing something outside your comfort level and succeeding cool? Thanks for sharing.
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    I've got you beat, no shower for 9 days on Kilimanjaro. But we had the wet wipes too. And dry shampoo. Not too bad! But it was nice to get back to running water. We hiked to 19,400 feet. Talk about feeling like throwing up.

    We did learn that the members of the Masai tribe never shower. Ever.

    I totally fell in love with Africa. Next time we should try Ethiopia. Did you go with a tour group?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    I've got you beat, no shower for 9 days on Kilimanjaro. But we had the wet wipes too. And dry shampoo. Not too bad! But it was nice to get back to running water. We hiked to 19,400 feet. Talk about feeling like throwing up.

    We did learn that the members of the Masai tribe never shower. Ever.

    I totally fell in love with Africa. Next time we should try Ethiopia. Did you go with a tour group?
    HI! We went with a tour group. It was a huge challenge for me as I am afraid of heights. My husband having done Kilimanjaro thought that that would be too much for me for my first trek. I can highly recommend going to Ethiopia and doing the Simen Mountains and Rash Dashen trek. The altitude for me was fine.



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    You guys rock!
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    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 140.00

    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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    Woohoo! What a great achievement. Well done you.



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    Default Re: trekking in Ethiopia

    What was the name of your tour group? I'd love to do it!



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    Default Re: trekking in Ethiopia

    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    What was the name of your tour group? I'd love to do it!
    Mountain Kingdoms ( UK company)



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    ellie and Sharon,
    All I can say is WOW!



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    Quote Originally Posted by elllie View Post
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    Looked at the itinerary, and it looks amazing! Not to mention it is rated STRENUOUS. That's incredible, you should be so proud.

    But now you just gave me another bucket list item. While we did Kilimanjaro and a Safari, we didn't see any towns or really meet any people except those running our tours. I'd love to see the children!



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