When I came back from Kilimandjaro I already had my next goal in my mind: succeed the selection test and be admitted at Sabena Flight Academy.
The first step of the selection test is 2 tests:
- Physics (minimum 12/20 to succeed)
- English (minimum 48/80 to succeed)
If the 2 tests are positive then we can go to the second step of the selection tests which is the ADAPT test.
For the 1st step I didn’t have doubts for English, but I was worried about physics.
So I took it very methodically because I knew that Sabena was organising physics courses to prepare the test.
I signed up for the courses and I picked the earliest possible date for the test after the courses.
So I had the courses from 20-24th February and I took the tests on the 27th. And the ADAPT test was planned for 2nd March if I passed the first 2. So it all happened in 2 weeks.
And this method happened to be very productive since I passed English and Physics with over 80% of average.
I was kind of “qualified” for the ADAPT test which I took as planed on March 2nd.
The ADAPT test is very different from the other 2 and also much harder.
It is composed of:
- 1 interview of an hour
- 1 test of 30 min of math with 20 questions
- 1 test of 30 min of physics with 20 questions
- 1 psychological test of 30 min
- 2 missions of about 4 minutes each in which you basically have to do 10 things at the same time and try to remember as much as you can
After this test which almost took 4-5 hours total, my mom pick me up at Sabena and asked me THE question: “So how was it?” to which I answered “I have no idea but I did it”.
At the Sabena office before I left somebody told me I should get the results the following week. As I come from Liège to me it sounded like I would get it at least the following week but most likely in 2 or 3 weeks.
And actually it happened that 1 week after the last test at 8:30 when I was still in my bed I got a phone call from Sabena to tell me I was admitted!! YEAHHHH
The only negative point, as the person on the phone told me, it’s that I can’t start the courses in April as I wanted to do because the promotion is full. But in the end is it really a negative point? I doubt it!
After a couple of weeks of silence about Kili I think I still have not much to say about it.
As I said before, this expedition happened the way it had to happen.
I think that if I don’t find the words to talk about it, it’s because after I came home from Kili it seemed very common to me.
So when I went home I thought yeah it was just Kili! The so said easiest of the 7 summits.
Am I tall enough, strong enough, old enough to do harder expedition?
Because remarks of that kind like not old enough, not strong enough, not tall enough or simple that this is not a challenge for me I experienced all of those things.
But I kept my head up and didn’t stop believing because I am not going to stop my project.
Before I went to Kilimandjaro I thought I was stucked forever at the 4500m of altitude where I had to stop at base camp. And in the end I went up to 5895m.
So IT IS POSSIBLE!!
I also wanted to thank some people:
- my mentor Manuel Pizarro for his advices
- Respicius Baitwa for his leading on Kilimandjaro
- my sponsor Beckers entreprise
- My parents who have always been there for me
- All the people who supported me
The 3rd day was quite an easy day. We decided with Respicius that with my food restriction to skip the acclimatisation day. As I was well acclimatising he said it was better to reduce the time to the summit. So the program of the day is going to Great Barranco Wall at 4200m then keep going to Karanga Camp at 3930m.
As you can see in a very slight line in the picture when we leave Barranco Camp to cross Barranco Wakk it’s a little bit crowded for a very narrow path and very steep.
And here I am at the top of Barranco Wall at 4200m with the summit behind me.
And as I said it was a short day that feels good. Not too hard and we arrived at Karanga Camp for lunch.
To spend the time until dinner Respicius taught me to play Yatzi. It’s a very simple game that is quite fun when we have a lot of time to spend in a tent.