Ever since I was eight, I have always wanted to climb mountains. As I got older, I realized how badly I wanted that dream to become a reality. I knew that mountain climbers had to be in tip-top shape so I began an intense workout routine. I worked out five days a week for two hours at a time. I jogged and did resistance training to get my body prepared for the rigors of mountain climbing.
The body changes physiologically when ones goes up to a high altitude. I wanted to prepare for the change by training at high altitude. I did this for about six years and finally I decided at 27, that it was time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I also wanted to make sure that I was healthy enough to climb a mountain. I went to my doctor for a full physical examination. After receiving clearance, I decided that it was time to make my dream of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro come true.
When I told my family and friends that I was planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, they thought I was crazy. I did not let their discouraging remarks deter me from living my dream. A couple of months later, I was on my way to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
I had everything that I needed to make it to the top. I had layers of warm clothes, my winter hydration backpack, flashlight, sleeping bag, rain gear and food. I was anxious to get to the top, but I wanted to make sure that I paced myself. I stopped frequently and made sure that I kept myself hydrated. It took me six days to climb the mountain, which is the time that it takes the average person. I will never forget the day we reached the summit. It was one of the best days of my life.
This post was written by Greg Peterson, an avid hiker from Colorado who enjoyed using his Source products during his pre-climb training.