The weather and elements that your body will be subjected to during your ascent to the top of Kilimanjaro are extremely varied. Climbing Kilimanjaro in Shorts has been done but it is recommended that you protect yourself from the elements with the right items.
When you start your ascent from the base of the mountain you’ll be warm and probably even hot, but as you climb higher and higher it will get colder but you’ll also be climbing closer to the sun.
Most people don’t have the ability to control their own body temperature but there is a man from the Netherlands called Wim Hof who can do just that.
Wim is quite unique in that he has learned through meditation to literally control his body temperature and after recent tests it has been discovered that he also has the ability to control his immune system.
The Iceman (as he’s known) has set countless world records for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures which would cause serious medical issues or death in the average person.
He believes that we all have the ability to develop these incredible skills and has created a training system to help people do just that. Wim has been studied over the past few years and those studies have confirmed that simply by harnessing his mind through meditation he is able to control his body temperature and produce more antibodies which help to fight infection and disease.
In February 2009, Wim summited Kilimanjaro in 2 days wearing only shorts. He has successfully trained people to be instructors in his methods to show others across the world how they can control their physiology processes to withstand the cold but more importantly adapt to altitude and reduce altitude sickness.
At the beginning of 2014, a group of 26 people climbed Kilimanjaro using the Wim Hof Method (WHM) which enabled them to climb to the top in only 48 hours, and some of the climbers were only wearing shorts! 24 climbers even reached the highest peak on Kilimanjaro which is the Uhuru Peak and is 5895 meters high.
If you’ve studied and practice the Wim Hof Method and completed the full amount of training required to do this, and have the right team in place then this is clearly an incredible feat of physical endurance.
There is however something very important lacking from this experience and that is time.
Taking your time to climb Kilimanjaro using the traditional methods of climbing Pole, Pole not only ensures you don’t suffer with any high altitude side effects but also ensures you’re able to take in the whole experience.
Every step you take enables you to see something different and if you’re trekking up the mountain at warp speed, you can miss so much that you might never see again in your lifetime and we think that would be a shame.
Using the Wim Hof Method could certainly help you acclimatise and would probably be a great addition to training for your trek up mount Kili. Learning advanced breathing techniques whilst developing your fitness training would certainly put you in an excellent position for your Kilimanjaro trek.
When you climb a mountain, always take time to stop and smell the flowers, see the beauty in the nature around you and breathe in the whole experience with every step you take.