Photos de randonnées avec activités en pleine nature dans la Kilmanjaro National Park

2 months ago

We summited on October 12. We took 7 days to get there taking a slow and steady pace. I live in Texas barely above sea level so I trained over the summer by visiting Colorado, Oregon and SoCal to get some hiking at altitude every couple weeks. My hikes ranged from 10.5K ft to 14,439 ft summits, all around 5-6K ft of elevation gain per day hike. Outside of that I cycled and did the elliptical when I wasn’t on a mountain. It adequately prepared me for the physical aspect of Kilimanjaro. For the first 6 days I actually thought it was pretty easy compared to what I’d done over the summer. What the training cannot prepare you for is the mental aspect if you hit crazy weather, which we did on summit day. We joked it was like someone put us in a simulator and started pressing buttons: ridiculous cold (it was easily -15+ degrees with crazy windchill), strong winds, rain, snow, plus the regular hiking obstacles, with the kicker being you also have to hike it in the dark (we began the final trek at 11:45 p.m. and summited at sunrise). Our reservoirs froze, you didn’t want to remove any clothing to more easily access/open food/canisters or use the restroom, and at points each of us was questioning whether we would make it thru the weather. That said, all of that absolutely made the hike! Biggest mental challenge of my life and it made for some amazing group pics at the top. It definitely wasn’t the sunny Kilimanjaro like the pictures I’d seen but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Such an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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