I climbed Mount Kiliminjaro with Charlie Richard. It was an incredible journey. His smile, laugh and great energy made my fear and anxiety of climbing the mountain dissipate I definitely felt that I was in great hands with Charlie at all times which was crucial for me as I was climbing on my own. His guiding experience and physical stamina bolstered my confidence as well. I had prepared and trained for my climb but when you get up into that kind of altitude one never really knows how one’s body will react. Charlie was clear that his commitment to a client’s wellbeing trumps making it to the summit which Is imperative in my opinion. He always checked in with me to see how I was doing which is key. I also felt that I gained a wonderful friend as we had some great conversations. For me, climbing Kili was one of the most spiritual things that I have ever done. The stars glittered overhead like diamonds in the sky that you could almost touch. I felt privileged to see Kili’s rapidly disappearing glaciers (due to climate change) and standing amongst the clouds changed my life forever.
I highly recommend Charlie Richard. Book your climb with him, prepare yourself as best you can but when you get to Kili be present and let yourself truly let go of any preconceived notions. I guarantee that you will have the time of your life. I am planning to return to Africa this year and will book another adventure with Charlie!