As the time fast approaches for my Kili Climb, I find that everyone has a tip, trick or piece of advice they wish to impart.
Some of them are more worrisome and cautions really rather than insightful pieces of information, which can sometimes be less beneficial. But on the whole, it’s been nice to hear what others have to say and perhaps at times, get some harsh home truths about what it’s going to be like.
Here are some of the things that friends, strangers and experts have been telling me:
- Tie your boots tight before the summit trip – you’ll be so cold at the top, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is tightening your boots
- Layers!! Hot at the bottom and freezing at the top. Learning to layer will be your best asset.
- Cold sore cream. An unexpected and unwelcome participant on the trip
- Set your own pace- don’t let others dictate your pace
- Take lots of photos
- Make sure to bring chocolate and other snacks from oz, don’t buy them there
- Ladies products and toiletries can be hard to find or aren’t of such good quality- get them here.
- SQUATS, SQUATS, SQUATS~ (Training)
- Wear your boots in! your boots will be your best friend
- Take a more electrolyte based flavoured drink powder as opposed to the regular Gatorade or powerade powders
- Eat and drink when told! The guides will know what is best for you.
- Asante Sana – Thank you. Learn some Swahili, you’ll have more fun with your guides
- Moon the camera on the summit – (more of a suggestion of a fun photo idea, one that I’m very unlikely to take up, but thanks)
- Rug up at the top! It’s cold! Wear everything you own.
There were tips galore- and I get at least 5-6 suggestions a day. Everyone’s an expert. I know they are trying to help though.
I look forward to sharing with you my own gems of advice and pearls of wisdom once I’ve conquered Kili!
I will be taking on my biggest Adventure yet, Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW! I will Climb Kilimanjaro in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. We must prevent and find a cure as it’s not a normal part of aging, and does affect 100,000’s of Australians.
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