The Kilimanjaro virtual challenge

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The Mount Kilimanjaro virtual challenge is one of the many The Conqueror Virtual Challenges. The description of this challenge is as follows:

Sometimes the mountain will come to you, but after you complete the challenge! The Mt. Kilimanjaro Virtual Fitness Challenge takes you 60 miles (97 km) through the beautiful landscapes of the tallest mountain in Africa. Each time you complete a distance-based exercise activity such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc you advance along with the map of the Mt. Kilimanjaro.

I started this challenge on March 8, 2021. Initially I thought to take 12 weeks for this challenge based on 10km per week for ten weeks (2 hikes per week) and two weeks spare in case I couldn't go on a hike in one of the other weeks. This soon turned out to be not really challenging, so I lowered the completion time to 5 weeks with 20 kilometers per week. So I had to start hiking more often than I was used to or to do longer hikes. In the end I completed the challenge in three weeks! So indeed a good motivator to hike more often and/or longer. 

As part of the challenge you get a number of postcards as if you have sent these from along the route. These postcards come with a lot of information about the places along the route so I reproduce this information below, one section per postcard. Also for every 20% of the route that you complete a tree will be planted. That I consider a real benefit of these challenges, because not only motivates it to hike you also contribute to nature. After completion you get a medal. I didn't receive that one not yet because of shipping time and there is a chance that the local taxes and customs are prohibitive high, but I will find that out in a few weeks. In the photo section are some more pictures that I was able to take while in this challenge via Google street view. Unfortunately there are not many places along the route where streetview is available.