Preparing for a climbing challenge? Here's what you need to know
When planning a climbing challenge, it’s vital that you prepare properly, as whatever your chosen challenge, it will be more enjoyable if you’re well-prepared. There’s a lot to consider, and it’s important that you see to it all in good time, but here are a few tips on how to go about it!
Up your fitness
If you’re preparing for a challenge, then up your all round fitness in good time. Integrate plenty of hikes into your workout routine, those that include a steep incline will help you to prepare the best. Swimming’s also a good accompaniment to improve your all round fitness and muscle tone too. Check out the Training Tips for your challenge for our top tips for getting Trek-fit!
Altitude training is the ideal if you are planning to scale one of the world’s great mountains, like Kilimanjaro. It’s a device used by athletes in training to help them gain a better competitive edge, and it could help you in preparing for your climbing challenge. It is vital that you get in some ‘hilly’ miles to experience trekking on different surfaces and gradients, as most of our treks will involve hills and mountains!
Immunisations and vaccinations
Hand in hand with improving your fitness is ensuring you have the right immunisations and vaccinations in good time; and sufficient supplies of any regular prescription medications that you take.
Clothing and footwear
Ensuring you have appropriate clothing and footwear for the terrain, weather and season in which you’re climbing is vital, and when you register on a trek with Global Adventure Challenges we’ll supply you with a Kit List so you can be confident you have everything you need. Remember that on one mountain you may encounter an enormous variety of temperatures and weather, so preparation is key! Layering your clothing is the most practical and versatile solution in these circumstances. Also crucial is having appropriate footwear that you’ve worn in – don’t wear boots that are brand new or you could end up suffering!
Ensure you’re familiar with what will be provided on your challenge, in the way of equipment and supplies such as tents, cooking equipment and food. Many challenges will require you to take a good quality, all season sleeping bag with you – don’t scrimp on this as it’s key to your comfortable night’s sleep!
You’ll also need to confirm what visa you’ll need to enter your country of choice, and check your passport is up-to-date.
We always recommend you take out travel insurance for your adventure, and ensure that any cover you take out includes the activity and challenge you’re undertaking. Travel insurance isn’t included in the cost of your trek, but you can obtain this through Global Adventure Challenges.
Planning to climb Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a milestone many hikers want to reach – to find out more or to book your next climbing challenge, contact us today!return to adventure journal