Getting Ready to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

In order to prepare for the amazing 9 day climb that I am about to embark on, I have been working out and mentally preparing myself for Kilimanjaro. In the 3 months beforehand, I have been running about 4 days a week, usually 3-4 miles a day. I have also been attending fitness classes that focus on muscle growth and toning. Lots of squats and dead lifts to prepare my muscles. I have been reading that 90% of climbing is staying mentally tough. Once you’re on the mountain, the elements start to wear on you. From sleeping in a tent everyday, to eating foreign food to walking for 8 hours a day, it all just weighs heavily on a person’s spirit. So I am trying to get into the mentality of living on a mountain and think positively and with motivation. I hope all this preparation will help me get to the summit!

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Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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