Are or how much you trained.the warmth of the inside an airplane.you still have 4 hours remaining to arrival. Be like an elephant and focus on what is directly in front of you. Before you know it, you’ll reach your destination. acclimate to the altitude.glaciers at the top!

  1. While being physically capable certainly helps,climbing is about mental toughness — not just how physically fit you
  2. Stay positive.
  3. Having the right equipment makes the difficult trek a lot more conquerable.
  4. Go at your own pace. It is not a race or competition.POLÉ! POLÉ! (Slowly! Slowly!)
  5. On the second day, you will reach an altitude above the clouds. Clouds are cold and not as fluffy nor as fun as they appear from
  6. Do take in the scenery, but don’t only focus on the end-goal in the distance. It is a tease to see the campsite ahead yet know
  7. To limit risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) it is best to find a guide that follows “climb high, sleep low” to help
  8. The more days in the trek, the more time you have to acclimate.
  9. Be prepared for climbing in extreme cold on summit night as temperatures can reach 0 degrees F (minus 18 C). There are ice


Did you know you go through five temperate climates in just a few days? Be ready with lots of layers and pack lightly for all seasons. Before leaving, test that you can actually wear your clothes over each other. smell like you normally would after a week without a shower at home. moisture-wicking.especially hiking boots. You can rent almost anything, but don’t want to risk blisters.

  1. Prepare to wear the same thing day after day and night after night. The air is thin and cold so you *probably* won’t sweat or
  2. Don’t wear cotton! It does not dry at high altitudes and can chafe. Wear fabric that is breathable, synthetic, and
  3. Pack at least one complete hiking outfit, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, hiking socks, and
  4. Rent what you don’t need to own or schlep


Difficult to deal with.week sans shower.

  1. Be prepared not to shower for a week. Get used to wet wipe baths and pop-a-squats behind rocks.
  2. Do you wear contacts? I was worried about this but had no problem taking them out every night. In fact, eyeglasses could be more
  3. Ladies (or men with long hair), I found putting my hair in pig-tail braids helped keep it cleaner and easier to maintain for a
  4. Get a toilet tent for the campsites. It is worth every penny—especially if you are a woman. Trust me.


Keep it close to your body to use body heat to prevent it from freezing and dying. clothing.

  1. Pay for the climbing package that offers hot meals instead of box lunches. You’ll thank me at lunch on day one.
  2. Bring an iPod, but (in my personal opinion) save your battery for summit night. Music makes the long night climb much easier.
  3. Do not carry any water on the outside of your pack on summit night, it will freeze. Protect it with insulation or under


AMS. The only one in my group who got sick Summit night was the one who did not take Diamox. Downside: it is a diuretic.

  1. Bring a camera that fits in your hip pockets of the daypack. You won’t want to stop and dig through the daypack; you want easy
  2. Bring a journal and pen. It goes by in a blur and you’ll be grateful you documented your journey.
  3. Diamox is helpful but not mandatory to help combat altitude sickness. I took generic brand and had no symptoms of

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