/ Alcohol Abstinence prior to Kilimanjaro
A friend has suggested he read somewhere that we have to stop drinking a month prior to leaving, which will clearly mean a not so merry Christmas!
Obviously the merits of avoiding the sauce while at altitude are clear, but does this have much of a bearing one month before?
I've researched a fair bit, but can't find anything to suggest I should stop so far in advance.
your mate is talking shit
Your mate is winding you up.
I recall that Don Whillans was once asked when he gave up drinking before going on a Himalayan expedition. He replied that he stopped drinking when he left the last pub on the route to the mountain.
I had 5 pints at Kenya beforehand. Made the top but felt like jobby.
And Whillans was a noted powerhouse at altitude. Conventional fitness is certainly important for the OP, and that may mean tapering off the alchohol consumption, but at altitude drive and determintion, plus a certain element of luck seem like they will be just as important.
I have no idea where he read it.
What a shame, off to the pub I go!
Ive topped out twice on Kili.....you need to be hill fit as mentioned....so enjoy your xmas!!
The first time up I struggled it was a long night.....so got fitter the second time and was a lot easier....but its a big peak!!
As other people have said, he's talking rubbish, but do remember that it's crucial to refrain from sex or your bollocks will explode.
What would Norrie Muir have made of this I wonder?
Aren't you better to empty them out regularly to reduce the pressure? Not necessarily on the summit though.
Drinking 10 pints a night and smoking 40 fags a day would be excellent for acclimatisation. Get used to walking with a minging hangover and being short of breath and you'll feel at home at altitude.
Don't worry about all that abstinence, I reckon you've sussed that by now though.
Kili does have a grim reputation for altitude illness though, mainly because the government used to tax individuals per day on the mountain, so trekking companies rushed the acclimatisation process.
I know it's easier said than done! But Hydrate like madmen and eat as much as you can.
Have a splendid trip. Watch out for lions ;-)
maybe best off sticking to that eh? There was a whiskey like substance sold in sachets which made similar claims
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