Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

This is my first post as part of the weekly photo challenge. As I saw the theme this week – ‘grand’ – a million of my photos dashed through my head and my immediate thought was, “Yep. On that.” Only now have I realised that actually, maybe that’s not a good thing. How can I choose only one?

2013 has seen the best experiences of my entire life. I don’t have a flashy camera or expensive lens, but it’s been through it all with me. It’s been battered, it’s been bruised, it’s been dropped in the sea and scraped along concrete. It’s been from the beaches of Greece to the summit of Kilimanjaro, it’s been dropped in mud on a Tanzanian safari and next year no doubt will suffer its fair share of abuse when I hike to Machu Picchu in Peru. But I love that. Travelling changes you as a person, so there’s no reason my camera should have to stay the same.

My point is, with my crappy little camera, I’ve taken thousands of photographs. Whether it’s my friends and I at parties or feeding seaweed to wild turtles, there is a never-ending list of photos to choose from. ‘Grand’ is incredibly vague.

After much decision making however, I have chosen one that I took only a few months ago. This summer, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity and it was the best experience of my life. This is one of my favourite photos.

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It’s not the best photo. It’s not the clearest photo. But it’s a photo that means a hell of a lot to me. I took this on the way back down – the day before, I had summited. Through a mixture of altitude sickness and tiredness alike, my time at the top almost feels like a dream. At the time, I hadn’t realised just what I had done. But the reason I stopped on the way down and took this photo was because that was the moment it dawned on me. I had just climbed that monster of a mountain. And I had never, ever been prouder of myself or felt more of a sense of accomplishment in my entire life.

The mountain is grand. The miles of trees and forest is grand. But the true reason this photo is grand? It’s the feeling that it brings back to me every time I look at it. It’s the knowledge that we climbed to 19,340ft, and stood at the top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. For a minute, we ruled the world.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done – or possibly will ever do – in my entire life. But my god, do I miss it.

My Travel Playlist

The offer of travelling is not something that I will ever, ever refuse. The world and the people in it totally fascinates me, and personally I’d love to see as much of it as I realistically can over my life. I love how people across the world can live so immensely differently to how I do, and I find it incredible to be able to experience their culture for even only a short time. Travelling can offer so much, but there’s something that these trips wouldn’t be the same without. Music.

The day after tomorrow, I’m heading up to London with my friends to fly down to Nairobi, where we’re taking on Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation – and of course checking out a safari and chilling on the beaches of Zanzibar. I’ve waited for this trip for almost a year now, and I’m sure I speak for my friends too when I say that there honestly aren’t words for how exciting it is. It’ll be an incredible trip to end summer with before we throw ourselves back into our final year of law school – and an incredible trip deserves an incredible playlist. This is mine.

  • Something Beautiful – Needtobreathe
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Liv It Up (Teenage Wasteland) – Alexander Ludwig
  • Counting Stars – OneRepublic
  • Jet Lag – Simple Plan
  • A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
  • Baba O’Riley – The Who
  • Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  • This’ll Be My Year – Train
  • Sunshine – Twista
  • Won’t Stop – OneRepublic
  • Dakota – Stereophonics
  • State Of Grace – Taylor Swift
  • Holding On – Simple Plan
  • She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul
  • Raise Your Glass – Pink
  • Many The Miles – Sara Bareilles
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Somewhere With You – Kenny Chesney
  • Good Old Days – Pink
  • California – Phantom Planet
  • Heal Over – KT Tunstall
  • Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
  • Live While We’re Young – One Direction
  • Summer Love – One Direction
  • I’ll Follow You – Jon McLaughlin
  • It’s My Life – No Doubt
  • Valley Of Tomorrow – Needtobreathe
  • Someday Soon – KT Tunstall
  • You And Me – Lifehouse
  • If Only I – Jon McLaughlin
  • Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
  • Where I Sleep – Emeli Sande
  • Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root (duh!)
  • The City – Ed Sheeran
  • Homeless – Ed Sheeran
  • Home – Daughtry
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii
  • Light Up The Sky – Christina Aguilera
  • From This Valley – The Civil Wars
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Ramble On – Anastacia
  • Life As We Know It – Allstar Weekend
  • No Roots – Amy MacDonald

Boom. There we have it. Played solidly it lasts about 3.8 hours which is really only half the length of my first flight from London to Dubai, but I still have a day to add and I’m sure it will grow. That said, I’m pretty confident that this is the best travel playlist I’ve made to date. Kilimanjaro, let’s have ya!

I’ve hit £250 sponsorship!

I’ve hit £250 sponsorship for my Kilimanjaro climb in September! I set a target of £200 to achieve by the end of the week so I’ve gone far over this!

I just want to say thank you to everybody who has donated and sponsored me to do this – your money really is going to a fantastic cause, and it will save lives.

If you haven’t yet and would like to sponsor me, check out my fundraising page at www.myraising.com/tristan-page/mksummit (just click that link – opens in a new window!) where you’ll have the opportunity to do so and to to watch an incredibly awkward video where I explain what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and what meningitis can really do.

Thank you so much for your support, it means so much!

I’m Climbing Kilimanjaro!

In September 2013, I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the summit of which is the highest point in Africa. It’s 19,340ft (5,895m) tall, and I’m doing it in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation, a fantastic charity whose aim is a world free from Meningitis. It’s possible, but it’s not cheap! I hope that through raising £2650 for them, I can help them on their way. Please visit my fundraising page at http://www.myraising.com/tristan-page/mksummit to sponsor me for the climb, and help save a life from Meningitis!

I haven’t updated this in a little while…

There are reasons, but I won’t bore you with the details of them. I mean, I get bored just thinking about them. I don’t want to do that to you. I know, I’m such a nice person.

You. Are. Welcome.

I did, however, think I’d give you a little catch up about what’s been going on in my life since I last wrote a half-decent blog entry! You lucky people!
Most of my time has been taken up with coursework. Wow, exciting start huh? I know. It was mind-numbingly boring ‘law of real property’ coursework – which, by the way, we hadn’t been given the lecture on and had to teach to ourselves before answering the question. The lecturer is absolutely useless. I did manage to submit it on time though, despite nearly leaving university because I couldn’t do it (okay, retrospectively, wanting to drop out because of one module was perhaps a little bit of an overreaction. Live and learn) and without having the 10% leeway on the word count that most lecturers give us. The coursework was basically about co-ownership of property, and it’s safe to say that I’m not going when we finally have the lecture on it. Just out of principle.

Apart from that, I’ve only had one thing on my mind. Yes, I know I’m a 20 year old guy. No, it’s not that. It’s Kilimanjaro! For those of you who don’t know – or for those who do but just needed a little reminder – I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year for charity. I hope to raise £2650 by doing so (you can donate through my fundraising page at http://www.myraising.com/tristan-page/mksummit if you’re feeling generous) and I absolutely can’t wait. We had a fundraising meeting the other day, which was great because I walked away with a free t-shirt, stickers, and something I’ve always wanted: one of those little coin collecting pots. Why have I always wanted one of these? I honestly couldn’t tell you. Not a clue. But my life feels a little more complete now that I have my hands on one. I’m going to be very busy over the next nine months raising the money and preparing myself both physically and mentally for the challenge. It’s going to be an incredible experience, and I’m totally buzzing for it. I’m also thankful that I get to do it in the name of such a great cause! I’ve got lots planned, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

If you want to keep track of what’s going on with the fundraising, what the running total is, or anything like that, then you can do so in the following ways:

  • Check out the ‘Kili 2013’ page on this blog for news about fundraisers happening near you.
  • Follow @Tris_Page on http://www.keek.com – I’ll be keeping my micro-vlog updated all along!
  • Subscribe to tris20two on youtube, where I will be updating an actual vlog about everything that happens.
  • Check out the fundraising page itself! http://www.myraising.com/tristan-page/mksummit for all the latest.
  • Follow me on twitter at @7R15 – absolutely everything ends up on here!

That’s basically what my life’s been taken up with lately. Something not to exciting, and something very exciting. Balances out I suppose.

I like it when things do that.

Rooftop of Africa

You might have guessed from my blog that I’m into travelling. The world’s amazing and I really want to see as much of it as I can during my time here! Which is why I’m particularly excited to be doing what I’m doing next year, and sharing this with you now.

On September 8th 2013, I’m flying to Kenya. And I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

This 19,000ft beast is going to take a lot of preparation, but it’s been on my bucket list since forever and I finally have the chance to do it, so I’m going to grab it with both hands! I’m doing it as part of Student Adventures, and I’m climbing for charity. The charity I chose to climb the mountain in aid of is the Meningitis Research Foundation, a foundation whose vision is a world free from Meningitis – a dreadful disease that can kill in under 4 hours if left untreated. The Foundation is focused on the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease, and it an absolutely wonderful cause.

I hope to raise a substantial amount of money to aid this charity – £2650.00 GBP to be exact.

I do not take a penny of this money.

I appreciate that many of you will have found this article from just scrolling through random web pages and stuff like that, but if you could find it in your heart to sponsor me just a few pounds, dollars, euros, etc, to climb this 5895m African giant and help a great charity, then please visit my MyRaising page at www.myraising.com/tristan-page/mksummit (opens in new tab). It would honestly mean the world to both me and my chosen charity.

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing this link on my twitter and facebook accounts (both of which can be found on my ‘Contact Me’ page) and several other internet outlets, as well as trying to talk to my friends and family. As and when I’m able to, I will also give my own money to the charity to aid this – I’m not asking for you to give, whilst giving nothing myself.

Even if you can’t donate yourselves, I’d be so grateful if you could share the above link on your social network sites such as twitter, tumblr and facebook as it would raise awareness of the charity, as well as potentially raising money for them at the same time if people were to decide to donate.

Thank you so much for anything you can contribute, and I can’t wait to tackle this challenge!