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Francis checking up on his phone as we took a break at the Kibuli hill.  #MountainSlayersUganda

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Mountain Slayers Uganda: 7hills

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Suzan, Latim and Diana catching up as we walked through Kololo

Last weekend on Sunday, I , plus a group of 30 people, embarked on the longest walk I’ve ever made by far. We covered a distance of about 23KMS in approximately 6 hours. I was able to do this in the company of the Mountain Slayers Uganda who organized the walk.

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Some of the slayers making the last stretch to the Lubiri. Palace of the Kabaka (King) of Buganda.

I was introduced to this group by a Brian, a friend who is already part of the group. Mountain Slayers Uganda are a group of people who are passionate about traveling, mountain climbing and hiking. The group was started in 2015 after Paul Lumala, one of the founders, had an amazing experience climbing mountain Rwenzori. The group has been to a number of places in and out of Uganda some of which include mountain Mt. Muhavura, Sempeya Hotsprings, Mt.Rwenzori.

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The squad making the ascension to the Namirembe hill

I had always wanted to join them on one of the trips they had planned this year but my schedule and finances had never allowed until the 7 hills chapter which was happening in town, a one day event and practically free. I had to go! Plus, it had been long since I was out shooting so it was crucial for me to get out there and shoot.

 

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Liz nursing her leg which had just recovered from a muscle pull. It slowed her down but she did all 23KMS.

Arrival time at Lugogo was 6.30am and we began the walk at 7am. We covered these 7 hills; Nsambya, Kibuli, Rubaga, Mengo, Namirembe, Old Kampala and Kasubi hill. It was a tough one! The weather was great at first but we got roasted by the blazing heat in the afternoon. The dust, the dehydration, the salt sweating, and the traffic congestion made the walk less enjoyable but made the feeling of accomplishment all the more worthwhile at the end. We made it to the last stop of the walk which was at the Kasubi hill. After resting for a few minutes we jumped into matatus and returned to Lugogo for a scrumptious lunch at Torino.

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Solomon stretching it out at the Namirembe hill before we set off again
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Sangoma making a call to the lead team to find out their exact location.

Young Passion

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Young Passion

Spending the past weekends with these youth, during the coverage of the Jr.NBA league with Ngabi Apparel, reminded me of the important role sports played in my secondary school (high school) life and how that always kept me immersed into and occupied with something during my free time.

It was great hearing them say things like “I want to make a professional career in basketball”, things like “I want to join the Uganda national basketball team one day”, or things like “I want to begin my career early enough because old age limits your opportunities eventually.”

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Young Passion

It was great hearing them talk with such passion about something they are interested in. One hears that kind of talk less the older one gets in these streets. Hearing such passionate talk leaves one hopeful knowing that such dreams and ambition can still be had in this country regardless of the sad reality of the mess that’s in our national systems.