A will… A way!
Woah.. It’s been a really long time since I wrote something on my blog. I have to apologize for that. I was hunting! Well, it wasn’t really hunting, it was more like finding Atlantis, or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Needless to say, neither were successful.. So what was I really looking for? I was looking for hiking gear, shoes, socks, zip off pants, etc. for my ultimate hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro. I broke down my needs from most important to least important. At the top of the list were hiking boots. I went to almost every store in Cairo searching for hiking boots. I found one or two suitable shoes, but not hiking boots. I know what you guys are probably thinking, did he try CAT & Timberland stores? Sadly, Yes I have, in Egypt those brands are known as fashion stores rather than extra terrain activities stores, which really sucks and is quite ironic.
So, I was not going to give up just because Egypt was not blessed with enough adventure stores. What can I say? The fates never put in mind the power of human will. And besides this is a HAPPY story. After fruitlessly scouring Cairo for any hiking gear, I gave up and I asked my partner in crime Irene to get me some hiking gear with her from Dubai! She got me a pair of Columbus Men’s Daska Pass™ Omni-Tech™ along with some other hiking gear (at discounted prices, too). Irene is hiking up Mt. Kili with me in August and is the reason and source of encouragement I’m on this trip in the first place! THANK YOU IRENE, YOU ARE AWESOME, GIRL!
I decided to be a bit adventurous this week and take a trip to my favorite place in the world, Sinai! And since I’m in hiking mode, might as well hike up Mount Catherine this weekend. Mt. Catherine is the highest point in Egypt at 2,629m above sea level. For one give me some hiking experience, two enjoy the tranquility, and three break in my new hiking boots!
The reason I did not order these boots online was because I did not know what shoe size I should get. Each brand and make have their unique sizing system. I also had to bear in mind that my feet will swell during the hike, and that at some point as I go higher I will have to wear 3 or 4 season socks (which is about as thick as a finger) to keep my feet from losing toes in the freezing weather. So, with all that in mind, and not having a reference was a bit challenging and confusing. Seeing that I was stuck and going no where in Cairo I decided to take a leap of faith and just order the shoes without trying them on (kids do not try this, doesn’t work all the time and there is a good reason why moms jiggle those pants at the store)! Luckily, the shoes fit perfectly and my estimates were spot on! But now I can’t find hiking socks.. Suggestions? ☺