This is an expansion of a previous post from October 13th, 2018 titled Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro In 10 Photos.
Back in 2015, while living and working in Africa, I decided to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. At 5,895m, or 19,341 feet Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. It is located in the beautiful country of Tanzania.
I firmly believe you need to challenge yourself throughout life. The preparation for this goal and its accomplishment has helped me to grow as a person. Because I spent the entire previous year at sea level, I chose the Lemosho route, which was 8 days, and allowed the most time for adjusting to the extreme altitudes.
Most of my six months training consisted of hiking around the neighborhood or taking to a treadmill or stairstepper with my pack and an altitude mask.
Summiting Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime experience, and with the possibility of altitude sickness, success is not guaranteed. Either way, it’s definitely a goal worth pursuing. I am a huge proponent of maintaining goals such as this throughout your lifetime.