Trying to cling Mt. Kilimanjaro can be very hard but exciting as well. People normally have second thoughts before they finally make their first step, thinking if they can do it or not. However, nothing is ever unconquerable whenever you’re physical, emotionally and mentally equipped to do it. Here are some tips for climbing the mount that you can carry with you to prep yourself before you head on to climb.
Choose The Right Route
One of the most important decisions that you should make before setting foot is to decide which route you should take. In total, there are seven different routes that you can choose from Rongai, Machame, Marangu, Shira, Lemosho, Northern, and the Umbwe route. Varying in length, difficulty, topography, and costs, these different routes can help you discern which one you should take according to your pace and preference.
Good Quality Base Layers
Aside from choosing the best route for you, it’s also important to spend time researching or studying for the needed gear and apparel. One part that highly necessary is the base layers that will insulate your body and keep you warm. Investing in great quality base layers since going up the mountain can be very challenging for the body because of the cold.
Since climbing is a physical activity, training then becomes necessary. For those people who are already physically active, training for a few months would suffice; those who don’t need to train for at least 6 months. Exercises that include leg workouts and stamina improvement should be among the top priority. Weight training also becomes crucial since climbing means carrying yourself and your load in steep surfaces.
This decision weighs highly on what you are comfortable with or what you need. If it helps, set an appointment with your doctor to help you decide whether you should or should not take some medication for the climb. However, you should also consider the side effects that the altitude medication brings such as the tinglings and increase of bladder activity.
It’s crucial that you put in a lot of consideration and thinking over the things that you bring with you to the climb. Make sure that you only pack the necessary things or simply put – pack lightly. Only carry the essentials and don’t forget to carry a considerable amount of extra items for an emergency. The trick is not to cram your packing, and always think it thoroughly. Aside from that, choose a bag that is safe for climbing. Bags whose straps are equipped with additional reinforcement or are reliable should be your top priority to use.
While meals are usually provided, you should be the one who will prepare your share of snacks. Having some snacks for you to consume comes important since it can provide you the necessary energy levels for you to keep yourself healthy and alert while you’re on the climb. Your snacks should include items that are sweet, salty, protein and calorie rich. They should also easy to eat.
As important it is to keep yourself hydrated in normal days or activities, keeping yourself well hydrated when climbing becomes twice as important. An average of 3-4L of water is a safe estimate, but you should still see to it that you consider your intake well since it can be hectic if you lack some water supply while you’re up in the mount.
Take it Slowly
Climbing should be considered as a marathon, and not as a sprint. With that being said, it’s important always to remind yourself to take things slowly and go at your own pace. At times when things are going painfully slowly, remind yourself or take pleasure by doing it by enjoying the scenery. This also means that you are allowed to take breaks whenever you feel that it should be done. Listen to your body, and be conscious of your self by taking it easy on yourself because by doing this as well as the other tips mentioned above, you will surely have a great and fun climbing experience.