Beginners Can Experience the Thrill of Climbing
of reaching the summit of the largest free
standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro, affectionately known
region as Mt. Kili or 'Kili'. It's not the highest mountain, but it's
still a challenge. Whatever you call it, it is one of the most
spectacular mountains in the world.
It's also a
spectacular mountain climb. There are many factors which come into play
in whether your climb is a summit success or not. Any mountain climb is
a success, but if your success is determined by whether you reach the
summit or not, here are a few things you should consider and which
might add to the possibility of success.
as being physically fit and mentally
prepared are prime considerations, along with the proper equipment.
Even the fittest climbers may not reach the summit, few do. But if you
do not prepare yourself, it's for certain you will not.
for the challenge long before leaving home is
essential. Once in Tanzania, it is important to spend a couple of
nights if not more, getting acclimated to the weather, the altitude and
the region. This, of course will add to your success.
is known as the roof of Africa, so it's a
pretty cool thing to come back and tell your friends where you went and
what you did on your vacation. Conquering this mountain is not for the
faint of heart. You can do it however, if you are in shape. Take one of
the easier climbs if you have any doubts. Any way to the summit is
still a challenge.
decision about the dangers, the challenges
and the environment must be considered. A medical exam and clearance is
a must. You cannot just fly to Tanzania and think you will climb this
mountain. You must climb with an organized group.
many reputable companies which specialize and
are registered for such climbs, whether to just this region or to
mountain climbing in other areas as well. Do your research. Know their
experience and how they are rated.
several routes to be considered, each with its
own particular challenges. Study them and know which is right for you,
discuss it with the tour company. Ask questions! Will you want a
private climb or a larger group climb?
climbs are, of course more expensive. There is
always a staff from the company who will accompany you on the climb,
whether private or with a group. Among these, you might have a cook, a
guide, and a Head guide.
Book well in
advance and ask questions about equipment,
what do you have, what do you need? Remember, what you have for one
mountain climb may not be suitable for another. Check the weather, the
good times and the bad times.
with your tour operator. Consider the high
altitude, have you been confronted with this before? How to overcome it
is an extremely delicate matter which can make the difference between
life and death.
is dangerous, make no mistake about it and
it is seriously high. An experienced mountain trek company will give
you all of this information. Listen to it. Don't just assume you can do
it because you are physically fit. Know the risks. It can't be stressed
enough; a hyped up advertising campaign by an ambitious trekking
company can put you in a lot of danger, so make sure you check out all
that's involved. And remember, being fit is not a sure sign of success.
to spend anywhere from $1,000 to 4,000
depending on many factors. Be sure to ask for a detailed list of what
is included. Once you decide that this challenge is for you, go for it.
You only live once. I hope you reach the summit for it will be life
altering. Good Luck!
Kay L Trotman
© Kay L Trotman