Climbing Kilimanjaro with Justin Caplan – Part 5
Here’s a fun fact for anyone interested in the technical details. Our porters carried a 95-liter duffel bag with a maximum weight of 33 pounds for each team member.
Though relatively small, that bag needed to contain everything we needed for our journey.
We required gear that would keep us safe through many different climates and temperatures. For example, we had 4-5 layers on top and 3-4 layers on the bottom on summit night. Layered gear was a must to withstand freezing temperatures on the mountain crest.
Hiking Kilimanjaro isn’t something one decides to do on a whim.
Months and months of physical preparation equip you to go the many miles necessary to reach your goal.
You have to assemble the correct gear to prepare for the different climates that you’ll encounter on the hike.
We can apply the same principles of our Kilimanjaro preparation to anything we genuinely care about in life. If you want to succeed, you’ve got to be willing to put in the time:
- You have to be physically and mentally ready.
- You’ve got to be thoroughly organized.
- You want to be equipped for whatever challenges you encounter.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
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