There’s a reason Rick Ross is called The Boss. He aims high and always delivers. At least that’s his plan for 2024, when the “Rich Forever” MC says he plans to make good on his 2022 vow to climb Africa’s tallest mountain — and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world — Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro.
In an Instagram Story on Wednesday (Dec. 13) Rozay said he and his trainer are working hard to get in shape to take the trek up one of the world’s Seven Summits in early 2024.
“I mentioned on the podcast last year we was climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro,” Ross said while out on an early-morning jogging, referencing his announcement in 2022 on the Full Send podcast that he planned to spend this year getting in shape for the challenge. “It’s official. Early 2024 it’s going down. [We’re getting in the] best shape of our lives [for this]. Promise I won’t fall out on you muthaf–kas. Promise. And guess what?,” he added between hard breaths about his plan B should things go sideways. “I swear Imma wear my watch and if I pull that pin on it, in one hour that helicopter will be there for us.”
The hike does not require technical climbing or mountaineering skills, but it is a challenging five-to-nine-day trek through five climate zones, in which the trekkers move from a rainforest at the base, through an alpine desert and up to a frigid glacial zone at the peak of the dormant volcano, where there is 49% less oxygen than at base camp. More than 35,000 adventurers attempt the trek every year, with only two-thirds completing it due to altitude sickness and other health problems. On the podcast, Ross said he planned to give himself 12 days to make it to the top.
While he’s not training, Rozay has been in the studio working on his joint album with Meek Mill, Too Good to Be True. The 17-track effort will have the pair joined by Future, DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Teyana Taylor, The-Dream, Jeremih, French Montana and more on the album, as well as a reunion of Ross, Mill and Wale on the song “Fine Lines.”
Watch Ross training for his climb below.