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.

The College Summit Solution

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College Summit Solution
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Arthur “Art” J Samberg is an entrepreneur and executive with over three decades of experience on Wall Street and in the financial industry. Currently, Art Samberg is the owner of Hawkes Financial LLC, his family office, which he founded following over a decade of experience as the founder of Pequot Capital Management, Inc. An engaged philanthropist, Mr. Samberg was recently honored as a Lifetime Peer Leader along with former first lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Peer Forward Gala by College Summit.

College Summit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and GuideStar Gold Star Charity that works for provide positive peer influence to high school students across the United States. The organization has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum for its work, which is conducted primarily through its PeerForward program.

The PeerForward initiative involves the training and coaching of high school students to serve as positive peers for their friends and classmates. The process begins with the development of partnerships between high schools and College Summit, which then recruits four 11th graders and four 12th graders who are influential amongst their peers. Peer leaders are then trained by College Summit via summer workshops to lead school-wide campaigns and make an impact at their schools, with the ultimate goal of boosting college enrollment and preparedness.

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.

UJA Federation Supports for the Jewish Community

UJA Federation of New York
UJA Federation of New York
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Arthur “Art” J. Samberg is a New York based finance and investment executive that operates Hawkes Financial, his family office that focuses on, among other things, technology based start-ups. Art Samberg is also engaged with multiple professional and charitable boards, including companies like JetSuite and Tri Alpha Energy and charitable organizations such as Historic Hudson Valley and the UJA Federation of New York.

The UJA Federation of New York is an international charitable organization that operates in over seventy countries and has reached more than four and a half million individuals. Founded 95 years ago, the organization maintains nearly 100 nonprofit agencies in its international network that provide services that care for the disadvantaged, respond to catastrophes, and strengthen the global Jewish community.

Strengthening and supporting the global Jewish community is accomplished in several ways by the UJA Federation. Jewish community centers are included within the UJA network that provide education on cultural values and Jewish heritage as well as a broad range of social services. In addition, resources for clergy and staff at synagogues are offered to enhance direct services at the local level. Moreover, ongoing research efforts are in place to respond to community needs as they arise.