We culminated training three weeks before the Kilimanjaro trek by hiking Mt LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Only 6500 feet at the summit but the closest thing we could come to altitude in the eastern US. We were to start our Kilimanjaro climb at 6000 feet so the acclimation was minimal. But we did try out Diamox, an altitude pill, to make sure we had no reactions and to see if we could tell any difference. Maybe the placebo effect but it seemed to help.
|Day 1 Summit via Alum Cave Bluffs Trail|
|Didn't take this trail|
|All supplies and food come into Mt LeConte lodge via llama|
|Day 2 summit via Rainbow Falls trail|
|Day 3 summit via Trillium Gap Trail. Three days, 54 miles, 18000 vertical feet up and down.|