For the longest time I have wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Kenya. My dreams are valid, I know I will one of these days. My concern though has been how I will get to handle the altitude and my fitness as far as matters of the cardiac are concerned. In the mean time I have been climbing the not so high mountains here in Kenya like Mt. Kilimambogo and Mt. Longonot and still planing to climb Mt. Elgon before I get to handle the beasts. Am thinking this will help me get fit enough.
But wait a minute! the muscle aches the shortness of breath is not frightening to me, ALTITUDE is the monster i fear the most; the fear of all things climbing. Reading from the very many articles on the internet and peoples experiences, brings chills to my body but the adrenaline rush inside me still wants me to do it despite the risks involved.
I have been reading http://wangechigitahi.co.ke/2015/02/08/mt-kilimanjaro-an-amazing-date-indeed/ and her experience and the thrill after conquering the mountain is evident in her words This has made me want to do the climbing sooner than I had planned. This means changing my normal schedule and squeeze in some fitness time in preparedness for the big glorious day that I will conquer mountain(s) more than 15,000 ft. Yes I can! The Altitude fears are nothing compared to the adrenaline rush in me.
All I have to do is:-
- Stay healthy and fit
- Read more and more materials on the physical and psychological effects in altitude change
- Find the best support from a few friends in mountaineering.
- Get ready with my big bag full of climbing essentials
- Have a POSITIVE Attitude to conquer the Altitude fears.
Who’s with me? 🙂