Well, this is it.
The last five months have flown by. It feels like only yesterday that I tried walking to work in the snow that time, almost killing myself in the process. Since then I've climbed Snowdon, the peaks in the Lake District, Roseberry Topping several times, and I've made the 14 mile round trip to Thorpe Thewles via the Castle Eden Walkway more times than I care to remember. I must have walked over 100 miles in the gym on the highest hill setting, and I've swam countless lengths of the pool.
But is it enough? Have I got what it takes? I guess I'll find out soon enough.
Later today, Palma and I will be on our way to Nairobi. On Thursday we have a 6-8 hour drive across the border into Tanzania to look forward to. On Friday morning we will begin our walk in the rain forest and very early Thursday morning, June 18th, we will make our attempt on the summit (download the full itinerary if you want to follow our pain).
If AMS doesn't clobber us you can be sure that we'll do our very best to reach the top. But even if we don't make it (Neil Armstrong had to turn back, apparently!) we'll have a bloody good time trying.
Phone coverage is supposedly available on the summit and if I manage to get any messages back home they'll be posted on my Twitter feed.
It just leaves me to thank you for the support you have given to us. The kindness and generosity of friends, family, work colleagues and complete strangers alike has raised over £3800 (over £4,500 with gift aid!) for UNICEF. That's brilliant.
Just before I go, here's a final video blog that shows in detail what I have to take with me on this trip. It's just a shame I didn't film the ensuing fight with the kit bag where I desperately attempt to make it dimensionally transcendental...
I'll see you on the other side...