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David E :

I have signed up to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in a kilt for Charity next year. Does anyone have in tips re training, equipment needed, tips etc. Info is available via if you fancy joining me. David E

strawberry icecream :
"that is very good of you,the charity will really appreciate it!good luck."
Julie :
"Went up yesterday,didnt like it so came home,cant bare heights.As for tips you need expert advice and a qualified guide,i should think."
Luís :
"To re-training it´s a good idea to start making some exercise. Start with soft exercise and increase it slowly. Several weeks before try to climb with a light bag over our back some hill next to our house, if you don't have any use stairs and do it several times in each training increasing the weight each week. About equipment, you´ll need a good sleeping bag that allow negative temperatures. A light comfortable boots are essential. I recommend to use a cold jacket in gore-tex using inside one or more polar jackets outside the shirt. This is just some ideas, you could have great information about climbing in this book: "Mountaineering, The freedom of the Hills"´s like a bible of mountaineering and it has everything you need to know, if you like the sport"
Hoodoo :
"Good Luck David I am behind you all the way. Training : yes I would go to a rock climbing centre. It's not to expensive and they will give you equipment and that is what you will feel like because you will have to climb through small gaps. There isn't a road to the top. Oh and the heat will be beaming down. I would recommend serious training. Also after your feet will hurt like hell. But it is for a good cause. So try and get a couple of sessions booked for practise and GOOD LUCK! Also bring lots of bottles of water. You would be suprised how much water you get through when it is really hot also make sure you ahve the right climbing clothes."
dsclimb1 :
"ignore most of the above advice, you don't need climbing (rock) training. it is a long, long high walk. You could technically walk the whole way with your hands in your pockets, but don't under estimate the challenge, most people fail because of fitness and/or failing a acclimatise properly. you will need to a aerobically fit as possible, this will help your recovery from day to day and aid your acclimatization as you gain height. Dont over do it in the last week, wind down and eat heathly. The last you need on the summit day is a virus to fit off, so look after yourself. The days are quite warm, so you wont need much specialist gear then. nights are cooler, so a good warm jacket for pottering about and a cosy sleeping bag. Some people using walking poles, smallish comfortable rucksac, no more than 40 litres for during the day. suncream, camera, chapstick, water bottle or drinking system, set of cards for evenings. Some alcohol gel is useful for keeping your hands cleaning, before eating and after the loo. Some companies do provide water to wash your hands/face, but this is only clean if your 1st !!"
AFI07 :
"lucky lucky lucky lucky you, i do fancing coming but im only 15, also i dont want to climb it in a skirt...oh sorry kilt. jk lol"
First Ascent :
"I agree with DS climb 1 on his points. I don't think the others know what they are talking about. Aerobic exercise helps with the effects of altitude, and gives a good confidence boost but as any mountaineer/ climber will tell you the best training for climbing is climbing - so get yourself some long hikes planned with a 12-15kg rucksack over mountainous terrain. By long I mean 7-10 hours taking in multiple summits. (Something like the Snowdon horseshoe or Brecons) The reason most fail on Kili is due to poor acclimatisation - I know this is down to your guides but make sure to take it steady and follow the golden rule of not ascending more than 1500m per day. Good luck P.S - wont go myself - off to Ecuador and Peru to do some Ice climbing."
juneswhisper :

I want the exact location of Mt. Kilimanjaro on an Africa Continent Map. Thanks. That's for my homework and it is due tomorrow so please help me.

evan_mt91 :
"200 miles south of the equator Tanzania. 3°04' South Latitude, 37°21' East longitude"
Rhonnie :
"Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawensi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania. Although it does not have the highest elevation, Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 4,600 m (15,100 ft) from its base, and includes the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,340 ft), providing a dramatic view from the surrounding plains. Coordinates - 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E I hope it helps!"
Denali :
"Here is the map that you grciously asked for: 1) 2) Both include the location of Kilimanjaro on it. I'd give you the coordinates but those have been supplied, so I just supplied you with the maps you wanted. //d"
nan.sweety :
"The tallest free-standing mountain rise in all of the world, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the northeastern part of Tanzania, Africa. Kilimanjaro, or Kilima Njaro, in the native language of Swahili means "shining mountain" and rises to a height of fifteen thousand feet, from the base, with its' highest peak, the highest peak in all of Africa, reaching a height of nineteen thousand three hundred and fourty feet. Although not currently active, Mount Kilimanjaro is a large stratovalcano. Local legend has it that there was activity around one hundred and seventy years ago but, today, no new activity is expected. Mount Kilimanjaro is visited by tourists all around the world looking to climb this majestic mountain, with six different routes marked out, and to reach the snow capped peaks. However, the glaciers, that have rested atop of the mountain for the past eleven thousand seven hundred years, are now, sadly, disappearing."
Max :
"Mt. Kilimanjaro is on the Kenya-Tanzania border in central Africa about 200 miles south of the equator. Here is a good map of Kilimanjaro. Zoom the map to 200% for a better look. Coordinates of Mt. Kilimanjaro are 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E / -3.07583, 37.35333"
rg :

I'm going to Tanzania on a Safari but also thinking of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. I'm curious to know what your experience was like and if you'd recommend it.

embigguns :
"high. really, really, really high. staight up...almost. cold. very cold."
Adam :
"Dude, I would LOVE to climb it. I climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan and that was incredible. The stars were bring and I was above the clouds. It was an incredible feeling. If I go to Africa, I'd go to Tanzania just for Kilamanjaro. Climbing is great. Just take your time, bring lots of food and water, and enjoy the view!!"
okayokayokay :
"Mt kilimanjaro is the most dangerous climb out of all the seven summits- I didn't climb it but i was with a party of ppl who did and they enjoyed it very much. Tanzania is beautful and it was a great trip"


Comments on Mt Kilimanjaro

Date: 2008-02-05 17:06:24

So far members of the Mallory family have summitted Argentina's Mt. Aconcagua, Alaska's Mt. McKinley, Australia's Mt. Kosciuszko, Russia's Mt. Elbrus, and Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Everest in Tibet is number six and their final challenge would be the Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

Date: 2008-02-05 17:06:24

Beacher climbs Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness about colorectal cancer

Date: 2008-02-05 17:06:24

A BLANDFORD man who lost his wife to cancer last year is aiming to tackle Mount Kilimanjaro to raise thousands of pounds for research into the disease.

Date: 2008-02-05 17:06:24

SIX East Kilbride men are set to climb to the roof of Africa in the name of charity.

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