It is arguably the “easiest” of the Seven Summits. Kilimanjaro requires no technical skill to get to the top.
It is in a very beautiful, and accessible part of the world. If you have a clean bill of health from your doctor, nothing is stopping you from attempting it.
I say “attempting”, because that’s what it is. Statistics vary from 50%-65% summit success. Many factors are at play in the quest for a successful summit. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know whether you can do it. Unlike many things in life, there are no “tricks” to reaching the summit. You can prepare all you like, then come down with altitude sickness, or a twisted ankle.
When we embark on this journey, we take a step into the unknown. And that’s what so exhilarating about it.
However, preparation is key. You can’t show up in a pair of tatty sneakers and a couple of wooly sweaters and think you’ve got a chance (if anyone would even agree to take you). You need to prepare your body, have the right kit, and prepare your mind.
And then step into the unknown and have the adventure of a lifetime.
Do something extraordinary. Go to a place that will change you. That will make you more “you”. Embrace the beauty of the land. See the change in climate zones as you climb. Look upon the glaciers. Look down on the world.
Go home with a new inner horizon.
A horizon formed by the sounds of the wind, and the singing of the porters.
Of the black rocks and stony scree. The bright white of the glaciers. Go home with a place in your heart opened up to a beautiful mountain in a beautiful land.
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