I am just back from two back to back Kilimanjaro climbs. I learned a lot about people’s expectations and the reality of climbing a big mountain. Each person comes to Kilimanjaro with there idea of the mountain. Some people adapt well to change, and others do not. This does have an impact on their experience and understanding of what it takes to climb Kilimanjaro.
Do not underestimate Kilimanjaro
I have climbed Kilimanjaro 32 times now and with regret I can tell you people are seriously underestimating the amount to strength and endurance training required to be safe and successful climbing Kilimanjaro. On the first climb 15 out of 15 made the summit. On the second climbing 12 out of 15 made the summit.
Some people had knee issues on the way down and leg strength on the way down was seriously underestimated. When you decide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, you need to take the training very seriously, otherwise you put our service, staff and other team members at risk. Only fit and strong climbers should be attempting Kilimanjaro.
8 day on the mountain are needed to be safe
As always 8 days on the mountain should be the minimum needed for a safe and successful climb. On the second summit night the winds were up to 40 miles an hour and gusting higher than this. Most teams didn’t reach the summit and lots of people didn’t even make it out of their tents. The real learning from these last two climbs is the physical leg strength and specific endurance training is critical to safety and success.
You need to come strong and ready to climb this challenging peak. So please CONTACT US and learn more about getting this specific information. We want to see you successful and standing at the gate in one piece.
Leaving Kilimanjaro early
I witnessed at least 40 rescues off Kilimanjaro starting at 3,850m/ 12,800 feet at Shira 2. So many people were coming up fast to this elevation, getting altitude sickness and having to finish after 2 days on the mountain. I was called to 6 tents where people had Oxygen levels in the 60’s after pushing up the mountain too quickly.
Be trained and ready for all conditions
On the summit night of the second climb, which is usually 6 to 7 hours to the summit was challenging with high wind. We had less time to stop in the wind and cold. The summit night weather can be anything. So you need to be prepared and physically ready for all types of conditioning. Once again come prepared, come over prepared as you never know what sort of weather or conditions you are going to get. You could get high wind, snow and cold conditions.
It is a long way down from the summit
Remember you also need to come down. It takes 3 hours to return back to high camp and then you have a break. You still have 4 hours of down hill to get lower on the mountain and start your recovery.
Once again you need the leg strength, to be physically prepared for this challenging terrain, on mixed rock, down hill after you have just taken 6 or 7 hours to reach the top. You have also just walked for 6/7 days with less sleep in a low oxygen environment. Why wouldn’t you train 5 days a week with weighted back pack before coming to climb a big mountain. Give yourself the best chance at success.
Kilimanjaro is a big mountain, come prepared
If you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro, I encourage you CONTACT US. So many people are misinformed about what it takes to be successful climbing this big mountain. On any given year less than 50% of people reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are TWO KEY REASONS for this. If you would like to know more GET IN TOUCH or you can READ MORE.