Tim Macartney shared his unforgettable experience with Uganda’s friendly people and the beauty and diversity of Rwenzori National Park and mountains where he made his 64th birthday. He noted with high regard that Rwenzori is by far the most scenic mountain he had ever hiked and offered to refer fellow mountaineers to Uganda.
Sharing his experience in mount Rwenzori park, the 64-year-old said the nature of Rwenzori as a block mountain gives it features like a variety of rocks as well as flora which are unique.
Rwenzori’s highest peaks rise above the clouds and are permanently snowcapped. The ranges are higher to those of the alps and they have glaciers considered to be one of the sources of the River Nile, the longest river in the world.
Tim also appreciated some of the infrastructure such as the permanent camping facilities which come handy given the weather in the area which is often characterized by rain. He also said there are several points along the trail to peak that serve hikers spectacular views.
The formation of Rwenzori is interesting. It is a block mountain, and you will find many kinds of rocks that you won’t see in Kilimanjaro for example. The geology, the composition of rocks is spectacular,” Tim said during a presentation at an event organized by Uganda Tourism Board UTB in Kampala.
“Then the richness of the flora and fauna, the bird life!”
He used “smooth” and “enjoyable” too describe his excursion in the Rwenzoris
“the people are so welcoming and helpful”
He also said he admired the Charisma of the emergency teams and the military like precision they employ in their work helping climbers who can no longer help themselves
The seasoned adventure traveler however added that there is a lot more potential to make the experience in Mount Rwenzori national park even more interesting.
According to Tim, mountaineering isn’t just a physical activity but also psychological. In planning an expedition, one must prepare himself/herself mentally for the challenge
“if I were given $2million to hike Mount Everest tomorrow, I wouldn’t do it, because I have not prepared myself mentally,” he said.
Tim has been Hiking since he was 15 years old. He has done rock climbing and mountaineering in Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, China, Pakistan and Chile among other places. He would later become a trekking Guide
Mountains block and Volcanic make part of Uganda’s scenic landscapes. Notable among them is Mt Elgon, Mt Moroto, Mt. Muhavura, Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabyinyo and Mt Morungule.