Climbing with the Kipharts: Follow Along on an Epic Journey

Tim Haran USANA 3 Comments

Ridlon Kiphart — and Rev3 — on Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world.

Ridlon Kiphart — and Rev3 — on Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world.

When Ridlon Kiphart calls, you know an adventure isn’t far behind.

That’s what happened late last week when Ridlon — aka Sharkman — let me know he and his wife, Carin, as well as a few other determined climbers will be embarking on the “Yes, I Can Climb” adventure this week. The group will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ridlon, here are a couple videos he sent from his climb to the top of Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world, in 2009.

If you’re unable to view the video, please click here.

If you’re unable to view the video, please click here.

And now, for his next adventure that begins on October 6, Ridlon has agreed to send updates from the climb — in real time (technology permitting) — especially for USANA social media followers.

We will be sharing information directly from Mount Kilimanjaro on What’s Up, USANA?, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter stream. For even more, be sure to check out Ridlon’s own Live Adventurously blog.

Keep an eye out for a one-of-a-kind look at what’s sure to be an amazing adventure.

Here’s Ridlon explaining what it takes to embark on such a journey.

“Climbing the world’s highest mountains is an epic undertaking that requires (at minimum) success in three core areas:

  1. Extensive training and experience
  2. Immense logistics
  3. Rigorous health/hygiene

Falling short in any one of these will certainly mean falling short of reaching the summit.

The world’s highest peaks tend to be in some of the most remote and unhygienic places on earth. Just imagine a sherpa adding yak dung to a fire with his bare hands as he simultaneously prepares a meal and you get the picture.

It’s a little known fact that about a quarter of all climbers never even attempt to make the summit because they are forced to quit early.

As the expedition marches on, many climbers are compromised by illness or infection that summiting is a physical impossibility. Pulmonary issues, chest infections and/or digestive issues are all exacerbated by high altitude and often run rampant through camp. So while some of the team gears up and heads up for the summit, others are packing and going home.

And at the end of the day, high altitude mountaineers aren’t able to go back to a warm bed, have a hot bath, see a massage therapist or sometimes even enjoy a hot meal.

As we climb higher, the conditions worsen. The air gets thinner and the significant decrease in oxygen becomes noticeable in more than just your breathing. The body requires oxygen to heal itself and when there is barely any, you just don’t heal. If you get a cut on your hand on Day 1, it will be there on Day 30. The best you can hope for is it doesn’t get worse. Recovery of any type, even from physical exertion, becomes problematic. Powerful nutrition helps immensely.

With this in mind I hope you can see that when climbing the world’s highest mountains, advanced, world-class nutrition isn’t simply a luxury. It’s essential if you are going to make it to the summit.”

About the Journey

Ridlon and Carin, USANA Silver Directors, are embarking on their quest to climb the Seven Summits — the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Twice as many people have been into space as have stood on all Seven Summits. Ridlon and Carin’s quest begins this week as they climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding peak. They will be guiding a small group on what is being called the “Yes, I Can Climb.” Their goal is to show people how to create something extraordinary in their life, just like USANA!

Follow Ridlon on Twitter @liveadventurous and check out his website.



Comments 3

  1. Ridlon and Carin!

    From one climber to another…Enjoy your torture! 🙂 It is very impressive what you are undertaking and we will be anticipating your summits, and safe return. Congratulations on such an undertaking!

    Climb Hard!

    Mark Rickert

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