Do you have Iron Deficient Anemia? Do you ever just have this overwhelming feeling all day, every day, that you have no energy?! Ever just sat there thinking, I eat well and healthily, I exercise, I take all my supplements, I get enough restful sleep but yet I just feel so lethargic and out of breath all the time?! Well it’s maybe time it’s time to have your iron levels tested, you may be suffering from iron deficient anemia. This form of anemia is one of the most prevalent types experienced by people. This type of anemia occurs when our bodies
When things go wrong – HACE Today, we come to the end of our Altitude Sickness blogs. I hope by the end of this blog, you will know the ins and outs of the conditions that you can make the best-informed decisions if you ever need to while on your trip. HACE High Altitude Cerebral Edema or HACE for short, is a condition that occurs as a result of hypoxia in altitudes in excess of 2000 meters or 6560 feet. HACE can be potentially fatal as it causes the brain to swell and stop functioning a normal manner. As I’ve
When things go wrong - HAPE Now, what happens when things go from bad to worse. What can you do? What can others do for you? How do you know it has gotten to that point? Well, luckily for you over the next 2 weeks, we will discuss everything relating to HAPE and HACE. HAPE High Altitude Pulmonary or HAPE for short, is a condition that occurs mainly in altitudes in excess of 2000 meters or 6560 feet. As I’ve mentioned before, HAPE can affect anyone, at any time and on any climb. There are, however, contributing factors which increase
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) Explained  Over the last couple of weeks we have discussed all the changes that your body will go through and how to best cope with the altitude and how best to prepare for it…….. Now, what happens when things do not go to plan? Acute Mountain Sickness: The Intro There are many things that can go wrong while on your trip. They can range from physical injury to severe illness. Over the next couple of weeks to months, we’ll be going over and discussing the various things that may go wrong. In each of the topics, we
Preparation for high altitude trekking advice from us to you! Last week we discussed the physiological changes your body will go through at high altitudes. This week we will be delving into how best to preparation for high altitude trekking ascents so you that are able to enjoy and love every moment of the trip. Preparation for high altitude trekking: The Intro Before you leave and tackle the mountain you’ve decided upon there are quite a few things you can do in preparation for high altitude trekking for the challenges ahead. These tips and ideas aren’t rules and regulations that you
What happens to your body at altitude? So, you’ve made the decision to tackle some of the best travel adventures offered by South Africa Adventures?! Let’s discuss the changes your body will experience while moving into higher altitudes, but before that we should go back to the basics. The Basics Your body is comprised of multiple organs systems which work either independently of each other or in unison and live in a state of harmony till disturbed by external or internal influences. We know these systems as the: Cardiovascular system (heart and lungs), Neurological system (brain and nerves), Haematological system
Effects of altitude on Kilimanjaro So you are looking at climbing Kilimanjaro but are worried about what will happen to your body at altitude? We have been involved in mountaineering not only on Kilimanjaro but on some of the highest mountains the in the world for over 20 years. We have been in countless situations at altitude and have not only helped people through these situations but have also got to experience some of these effects ourselves.  It is one thing to help a climber with a Pulmonary Edema from an outsider’s perspective, but having suffered one myself I can
Climbing Kilimanjaro Tips and Advice  Climbing mountains like Kilimanjaro is sometimes going to be the hardest thing you have accomplished in your life. And reaching the summit may not always be about what you have to do but may in reality be what you need to give up!!! We are all for not giving up on a mountain.  You will always hear our guides encouraging you not to give up on the hike but you are going to have to learn to give up on a few things prior to your climb. Yes there are certain obvious things that need
Top 10 tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro   I decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with South Africa Adventures last year December and I can say without a doubt that it was not only the hardest thing I have ever done… but was also the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done!!! Like most trekkers I’m sure, especially the ‘wet behind the ears, couch potato type ‘ like me, the pre climb anxiety consumed me. I was seriously contemplating my chances of successfully summiting the highest mountain in Africa. Had I bitten off more than I can chew?  Did I
Pre Climb panic and how to manage it  If you have climbed Kilimanjaro or are looking at doing so in the future, chances are you are going to be overwhelmed by pre-climb panic. However, fear not as you are not alone. This nervous state of mind that we’ve christened ‘climbaphobia’ affects trekkers of all shapes, sizes and experience levels.  Take me for example. I have been climbing mountains for 20 years including the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, Russia and South America and I always get the jitters before a climb. Deidre Angella, a psychologist in the UK explains that “it is a