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Preparing for Reach Your Peak Scotland - Oct 2023

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Before you go we run the following sessions

Session 1 – “Training Plans”

Discuss & chart out cardio, strength, flexibility, nutrition, hydration & rest needs

Session 2 – “Kit Needs”

Discuss the Kit List, recommended brands, & purpose of specific items

Session 3 – “Stevie Kidd Culture”

Discuss journals, self-discovery is the real journey, being open, interviews, etc

Session 4 – “Travel Planning”

Discuss travel to the event, travel in between peaks, minibus, etc

Session 5 – “ClimbMedic”

Discuss personal First Aid Kits, personal mediation, conditions, medic guides, etc

Session 6 – “Morale & Mindset”

Discuss nutrition, importance of routine, gear management, weather, etc

Session 7 – “Expect The Unexpected”

Discuss what can go wrong…from the moment you start on your way…

Session 8 – “Last Minute Q&A”

Open forum for any final concerns, issues, etc

Recommendations for gear, clothing and medicines to take

Gear List

  • Top Base Layer
  • Bottom Base Layer
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Hiking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket

Other Items

  • Headlamp with Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottles and Camelback (3 litter carrying capacity)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with extra memory card and extra batteries
  • Watch
  • Hand Warmers (optional)
  • High energy snack (Cereal, protein bars, chocolate, trail mix, dried fruit)

Clothing

  • Quick dry T-shirts
  • Underwear Lightweight hiking trouser (avoid heavy cotton, they don’t dry quickly)
  • Fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Waterproof, breathable and windproof jacket
  • Waterproof, breathable and windproof pants
  • Insulated down jacket
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Good quality hiking socks and thin liner socks Waterproof hiking boots – sturdy and worn-in.
  • Extra shoelaces
  • Comfortable footwear for minibus (slipper, crocs, sandals)

Toiletry & Medicine

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Quick-dry washcloths and soap
  • Toilet Paper Tissues
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
  • Lotion
  • Sanitary Wipes/Wet Wipes
  • Blister Kit
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Deodorant
  • Sanitary Products
  • Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blister
  • Antiseptic
  • Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
  • Decongestant
  • Cold/Flu Tablets
  • Any medication you normally use
  • Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs
  • Throat Lozenge

Trekking tips and tricks for a successful climb

BE PROPERLY EQUIPPED

An essential part of your preparation will be to ensure that you are well equipped for your summit attempt. Print our final Packing List and mark it off, to ensure that you are. Click on Packing List to get to this very important step in your preparation.

MENTAL PREPARATION

This should be topmost in your mind when preparing for the 6 peaks. You should always remain in a positive state of mind, but not overly arrogant. Try to anticipate various different scenarios, which you may possibly encounter on the mountains and try to work out the most suitable course of action, mentally by yourself or even as a group. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the really difficult sections, like the Arrochar stage or even Ben Lomond, easier to complete. Remember if you are properly equipped, you have taken everything as indicated on the Packing List, you are physically prepared and have all the knowledge gained from guides – you will be mentally confident for the physical part of RYP Scotland.

DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Make sure that you drink at least 3 – 4 litres of liquid a day – preferably water. For your first day it is recommended that you take along fresh water, which may be purchased at the hotel in Moshi before your climb. Try to get the bottles with the screw tops, this way you will also have containers in which to take water further up the mountain. Running water on the mountain is safe to drink from day-2 onwards, but care should still be taken. If you are not used to fresh water in nature, prevent any inconvenience by using water purification tablets.

REMEMBER! A functioning “body water balance” is one of the keys to a successful climb!

BE PHYSICALLY PREPARED

It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of Mount Kilimanjaro. Develop your fitness and get your body in shape for your 6 peak challenge.

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