Exactly how hard is the Kusam Klimb?
Well, there are some folks who actually run much of the course, but the heart of the Kusam Klimb is to offer a challenge and an opportunity for a wonderful wilderness hike with support along the way. (That's why it's called the Kusam Klimb -- not the Kusam Race!)
Can I really do it?
Of course you can! Start with a test run: Hike up Bill's Trail to the first lookout at 1.5km. Yes, it is tough. (To give you an idea of distance, this is roughly one-quarter of the way up the mountain.) Don't get discouraged! Try the lookout hike again in a couple of days. Each time up, it gets a bit easier. Take your time -- on the brutally steep climb up it is better to pace yourself than race. Think slow and steady. During your test runs, remember that there will be a very steep decline going back down Bill's Trail, which can be difficult as well, but during the Kusam Klimb event the downhill route around the back is a much easier decline. You can make up some time there.
Will I be embarrassed if I am slow?
It is estimated that most Klimbers will take seven to nine hours to complete the 23km route. This will give the average hiker time to slow down and enjoy the unbelievable vistas along the way.
Think of this as an incredible journey opportunity. It is the journey itself that counts, not the time it takes to finish. No words can describe the incredible high you'll experience as you cross the finish line! No matter what your time is, you'll be a winner!
Smile! You're On...
AdventuresByCamera.com now has Klimb photos available on their Website, including pictures from the starting line, Checkpoint 2/3, and the Finish Line. Take a look!
A portion of all proceeds are donated to the Kusam Klimb. Thanks for your support!