7 quick top tips for summit success – climbing Kilimanjaro

‘Make it short & snappy’

The Walker brothers made it! Success on reaching the summit, success on reaching their fundraising target and miraculously success on all three still talking to one another at the end!

‘Just the facts please’

  • 3 brothers, 7 days, one challenge, several lessons learned, over £1000 raised so far
  • 21 out of 23 made the summit.
  • Ages ranged from 20 to 65+
  • The route they took: Lemosho with an acclimatisation day (slow and steady wins the race).
  • With these guys
  • Twitter: @Actionchallenge
  • Kilimanjaro is known as “the roof of Africa,” it’s the highest free-standing mountain in the world, at 5895m high.
  • The air pressure at the summit of Kilimanjaro is just 40% that of sea level, and over one-third of people who attempt the climb do not reach the summit. It therefore was a substantial physical, logistical and psychological challenge for all three of them.



‘I’ve got a cup of tea, tell me all about it…’

That’s pretty much what we said when the tea was placed on our table in the convenient Carluccio’s, on the top level of St Pancras station. We  were tucking into a much-needed breakfast after a long tube journey from Heathrow and concluding the analysis of their epic journey. I had gone to surprise them with a scrappily handmade banner and a bleary eyed, big smiled welcome at the arrivals lounge at Heathrow at an ungodly hour. A cup of tea was very necessary.

Here are a few of my questions posed to J about his experience.

Your best bit?
Obviously reaching the top was a great achievement. Being part of a group was also good, including the wider porters supporting. Conquering the challenge of it. I was challenged in all regards – especially camping!

kili summit
Worst bit?
The bit I was worst at was going downhill. Every step is loose and you can slide down the rock face. Some people are good at going downhill, I’m not.

you do it again?
Probably not

If you hadn’t reached summit would you do it again?
Probably! It’s my stubborn streak!

7 Quick Top tips:

  1. Go slowly
  2. Get to know the people you’re with
  3. Eat a lot
  4. Drink a lot
  5. Keep warm
  6. Have faith that you’ll get to the top!
  7. If you start to doubt, get someone to snap you out of it.

Useful tips for other challenges too I bet!

If you are interested in contributing to a worthy cause, their fundraising page is linked here. All donations are gratefully received.

More to come…


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