1. Be kind to yourself – all the time
2. Feel it all
All of a sudden I knew: if it was only for this moment, it was already worth it.
3. See yourself as part of a team
4. Lose track of time
5. Take care of your body
So I figured out three important things:
I feel assured to not have taken any medicaments, altitude pills or pain killers due to the possibility of side effects. I decided to follow the advice of an ultra mountain runner and opted for natural and high quality (!) supplements with different vitamins, minerals, amino acids and iron. During 8 days I had no altitude symptoms such as headache, vomiting or breath issues. I was drinking like a camel, at least 3-4 litres a day. I didn‘t allow myself to not have finished my camel bag by the time we arrived at the camp every day. To eat is king. We have been served by a great cook 2-3 times a day (!) - of course with pleeeenty of carbs.
6. Take it 'pole, pole'
Short and simple: Kilimanjaro is not a sprint, it‘s a marathon – and so is life.