Things to Know Before Attempting to Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro pic
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.

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