Kilimanjaro Picture of the week 17


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This is a photograph our head Tusker guide checking my lungs for fluid as he did every morning on our 9 day journey to the summit. Our blood oxygen levels were also checked twice a day so we knew if we were acclimating as we gained altitude.

I chose an outfitter that monitored our health because I was 53 when I climbed Kilimanjaro plus, I had my son with me. Being from Wisconsin, neither of us had any experience with altitude. I also endured a stress test to make sure I wasn’t carrying any hidden trouble to the mountain. Those two choices and the decision to add some extra acclimation days practically guaranteed our success.

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Make no mistake however, even with Kilimanjaro being “non-technical” and adding some potential safe-guards, you still have to muster the pluck climb to the very serious altitude of 19,340-ft., a place where loss of appetite, headaches, gnawing fatigue and cold are standard operating procedure.

But that’s why it is so rewarding!