I was just reading about Martina Navratilova, the greatest women’s tennis player of all time in my view, started climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro today. She is doing it to raise awareness for cancer, for which she is a survivor, and to raise money for a charity. I am very happy that she is doing it and I hope she succeeds and makes it to the summit where she says she will hit some tennis balls off the summit. I’d imagine they could be launched pretty far at that altitude and thin air. She is quite a woman and has led quite a life through championships, controversy, communism and cancer. She also won more Wimbledon’s than anyone else in history, men or women. Good for Martina and I look forward to seeing her on the summit, which always brings back great memories for me.
For those of you new to my site, I climbed Kilimanjaro which is just under 20,000 feet at 5895 meters, with my friend Jake in 2006 for my 28th birthday. It was the most awesome travel experience of my life and a huge feeling of accomplishment. Tough weather conditions and altitude make it a very tough climb and you never know how your body will respond. We both made it but not without some struggles and we are both in good shape.
I have recently had two friends from high school who attempted the climb. One made it and one didn’t and the one that didn’t is a spin instructor and does triathlons etc. Meaning, it doesn’t matter how good a shape you’re in because altitude affects everyone differently and you never know until you get up there. 10-15 people die per year climbing due to altitude sickness or accidents.
I have confidence that Navratilova and her immense drive and competitive spirit will get her up there but many great people have failed, including former President Jimmy Carter, who actually went up with the same guide I had. Anyway, I will be watching Martina’s progress and rooting her on.
If you want to read more about my climb or see a slideshow about it that my buddy Jake put together, just click on the links to the right of this page where it says Mt. Kilimanjaro Journal and Slideshow.
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