Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Highest Peak

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Mount Kilimanjaro
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Over the course of his career as an investment professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg has led several successful firms, including Pequot Capital Management in Westport, Connecticut. He currently oversees his family office, Hawkes Financial, LLC. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Art J. Samberg is proud to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.

Reaching over 19,000 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro owns the distinction of being the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro comprises three volcanic cones named Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. While Shira and Mawenzi are both extinct, Kibo is a dormant active volcano. Climbers trekking across Kibo will still encounter a strong sulfur smell emanating from the inner cone.

In 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller became the first climbers to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Nearly 130 years after the men conquered the mountain, Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s most popular climbing destinations. Each year, over 25,000 climbers visit the mountain, but only a fraction is able to reach the summit.

Even those who do not reach the summit, however, are able to enjoy a unique beauty that only Kilimanjaro can offer. The Tanzanian mountain features everything from desert and savannah ecosystems to glaciers and snowfields. Mount Kilimanjaro is also home to diverse wildlife, including over 140 mammal species.

Things to Know Before Attempting to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Mount Kilimanjaro
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A seasoned financial professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently runs his family office, Hawkes Financial LLC. In 2000, Art J. Samberg summited Mount Kilimanjaro. The following are things you need to know before attempting such a feat:

1. Climbing isn’t required – Outside of some minor bouldering if you take the Machame, Umbwe, Shire, or Lemosho routes, you don’t need climbing skills to summit Kilimanjaro. However, fitness is essential, as you will spend approximately five to seven hours hiking on difficult terrain each day.

2. The weather – Most Kilimanjaro climbers make their ascents between January and February or June and October, as these are the mountain’s dry weather periods. If you wish to avoid crowds you can gamble on attempting an ascent during the transition from these dry periods into the rest of the months. However, you may find your attempts curtailed due to the weather.

3. Drink plenty of water – Dehydration is a key contributor to altitude sickness, so you should aim to drink about three liters of water each day. Your guide will replenish water supplies as you ascend so ensure you have plenty available to you at the start of each day.

Two Training Tips for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
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An experienced investment professional, Arthur (“Art”) J. Samberg owns Hawkes Financial LLC, a family office based in Katonah, New York, and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School. A philanthropist who has donated approximately $35 million to the institution, he has been honored with the creation of the Arthur J. Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence. Away from his work, Art Samberg enjoys physical activities and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.

With a focus on aerobic activities that develop cardiovascular conditioning, climbers should train before attempting such a climb. The key here is to work on developing stamina, which means focusing less on pushing yourself to your limits and more on developing the ability to sustain a consistent level of activity over a long period of time.

Develop breathing exercises that allow you to focus on long inhalations of five or six seconds through the nose rather that rapid, shallow breathing. Maximizing your oxygen intake will prove vital as you reach the summit, where the air starts becoming thinner. Taking up yoga can help develop your breathing control while developing your flexibility and increasing your resistance to injury during the trek.

Facts and Records about Mount Kilimanjaro

Art J. Samberg presently serves as the owner of Hawkes Financial, LLC, in Katonah, New York. Art Samberg previously spent a decade as the chief executive officer at Pequot Capital Management, Inc. Outside of his professional pursuits, Arthur J. Samberg enjoys mountain climbing. In 2000, he summited Mount Kilimanjaro.

Many nature enthusiasts and mountain climbers are aware of the fact that Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest freestanding mountain in the world. However, there are many equally fascinating details that are less known. For instance, the mountain is composed of three volcanic cones. While two are extinct, the highest volcanic peak, Kibo, is still active and could erupt at any time. The last eruption came more than 300,000 years ago.

A number of interesting facts involve world records for summiting the mountain’s highest peak, Uhuru. Valtee Daniel of France summited the mountain at age 87, making him the oldest person to accomplish the feat. Italian Bruno Brunod, meanwhile, achieved the fastest verified ascent by reaching Uhuru Peak in five hours, 38 minutes, and 40 seconds. The fastest round trip belongs to Simon Mtuy, who summited Uhuru and returned to base in just under eight and a half hours. Many tourists take six days or more to make a round trip.