OK So the fit, athletic DJ that is Chris Moyles is planning on climbing Kilimanjaro next year. He has been spending too much time with Jack Osbourne methinks. Chris is going to have to do some serious training if he has any chance of huffing and puffing successfully to the top of Roof of Africa. And he’ll have to leave the Marlboro behind for sure….
However, being a rather active trekker myself I would never discourage anyone from challenging themselves to a target such as this. Having managed this climb myself I speak with authority when I say that a lot of it is having a strong mental attitude. Being physically fit of course certainly helps but you do not need to be a marathon-runner by any means. In fact, it has been proved that often the ultra-athletes suffer more at altitude as they are so used to going fast they forget that moving slowly is the secret at high altitude (that and drinking a lot – of water I hasten to add!).
I have also found that the older adventurers amongst us tend to have the upper edge over the youngsters and again I attribute this to a good strong mental attitude. The number of more mature clients I speak to who are worried about their fitness or keeping up with the pack when in fact it is often the younger ones battling to keep up with them! Proof of this has to be the oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro, Anne Windh, who chose to climb with us and successfully summitted recently at the fantastic age of 77!
So get on out there all you fit or not so fit, young or not so young and, dare I say, fat and not so fat DJs and go for it!
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