That's a lot of info right there. It may take me years to respond to all those questions.
Seriously, the experience was all that I had hoped for. Really opened my eyes to how people live over there. There's poor, and then there's insanely poor. But as a whole, the people are so friendly and thankful for what little they have. Perhaps they could teach us Americans to be as thankful.
Standing on the summit was pretty special, but short-lived. It took 10 hours to get up there, and then I had another 4 to get back down to camp, pack up, and hike 3 more hours to get down to camp the last night on the mountain. 17 hours of hiking, and I was done. Oh, then there was another 20k of hiking the next morning to get down to the park gate. I lost about 10 lbs. on the trip!
To train? That's simple. Stay away from JN and actually work out! Just keeping active, lots of cardio, hiking on weekends, eating right.
And prepping for this....Six shots, Anti-malaria pills, typhoid pills, Diamox... After all that, I feel bulletproof....like I could roll around the floor of a crack house amongst the broken viles, and nothing would happen to me.
I was looking for some sponsors. Max was too cheap to hook me up with some JN gear.
For some strange reason, I made it through every night without having to get up, despite taking diamox(altitude sickness meds, which makes you want to pee a lot more often!)