10 Tips For Conquering Kilimanjaro

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Everybody has to start somewhere… We can get you ready to climb the most famous mountain in the world. Yes YOU!

  1. TRAIN train, train and yes – more training!  Hitting the stairs, sand, hills and rocky terrain will give you confidence on the types of terrain you will encounter. You also need to increase your lung capacity, so swimming, cycling, running and anything that gets you huffing and puffing and expanding your lungs is good. You’ll also need your muscles to be in good shape, so strength training and lifting weights is important. Balance this with some yoga and pilates for flexibility and injury prevention.
  2. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF:  Make sure you train well, get an adequate amount of sleep, balanced nutrition, and reducing stress are all keys to helping you feel your best as you stand on top of the mountain! We recommend a trip to your local GP to get an overall health check so you can know if you are in ok shape to undertake such a hike, and if there are any improvements you could be making in preparation.
  3. BEGIN TRAINING WELL IN ADVANCE:. You don’t need fancy apparatus but you do need to ensure that you give yourself plenty of time to build strength and resilience, so start moving as soon as you can and give yourself the best chance!
  4. TRAIN FOR YOUR HIKE AT HIGHER ALTITUDES…  the more experience you have with high altitude hiking, the more adaptable your body will be to performing in low oxygen conditions.  
  5. PRACTICE MENTAL RESILIENCE: by hitting on a section of a hill or mountain and repetitively go up and down ( in Victoria we love the Cathedrals, Mt Macedon, Dandenongs and Donna Buang)
  6. PRACTICE KEEPING YOUR HEART RATE DOWN when hiking up and down the hills, pace yourself to go slowly ensuring that you are not out of breath at any stage and can go at a pace where you heart rate is kept low and steady.
  7. ALTITUDE CHAMBERS There is limited evidence that altitude chambers are that beneficial for hikes under 6000m, but if you have access to one they have shown to increase confidence.  
  8. TRAIN WITH A PACK ON: Get your body used to hiking with a pack on… the muscles needed to support and move in this position will get stronger, lessening your chance of injury..
  9. LISTEN TO YOU BODY:  By tuning into your body and it’s reactions you can better gauge where you need to improve, where your strengths are and what to focus on. Eg- Muscle soreness, getting out of breath, mental endurance.
  10. FOCUS ON YOUR WHY Why are you doing it? Why do you want to achieve it? Define your reasons for taking on this challenge and remind yourself of it every step of the way!

YOU CAN DO THIS- and we will help you every step of the way! Join us on this epic adventure, it will be something you’ll never forget!