Challenge yourself – the bravest conquerors of Kilimanjaro.
“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the 7 highest peaks of the world, challenging the climbers with an altitude of 5895 meters (19341 ft). Climbing Kilimanjaro is increasingly becoming a dream for many enthusiasts of outdoor activities. Kilimanjaro climbing is an incredible experience and technically is not considered very difficult. Because of the proximity to the equator there are all types of high altitude zones on the mountain, which the climbers pass one after another. Thus, during the elevation you can see all the main climate zones of the Earth in barely a few hours. On the four Kilimanjaro climbing routes – Lemosho, Northern Circuit, Rongai and Machame routes – almost anyone can climb without special training.
There is no officially confirmed data on tourists who conquered Kilimanjaro but nearly 60,000 climbers try to do it every year. 30 000-45 000 people reach the top every year excluding the conductors. The success rates are increasing every year due to rising awareness of the need for high-altitude acclimatization. The first thing any beginner climber needs to understand is that the shorter the time on the mountain the lower the chances of success at the top. With a five-day route only 27% of the climbers reach the peak.
There is no documented data on the number of deaths in the process of conquesting the highest peak in Africa. KINAPA does not disclose this information in order to avoid scaring off tourists, however, every year about 7 people die on the routes because of insufficient altitude acclimatization.
Among the conquerors of Kilimanjaro, there are real daredevils, record-holders of the Guinness Book of Records who defy not only grief but themselves first of all.
The oldest woman to climb Kilimanjaro is Angela Vorobyova, a Russian-born from Ulan-Ude (86 years old). She set a new Guinness record becoming the oldest woman to conquer the volcano Kilimanjaro. The expedition reached the summit on October 29, 2015. According to the Russian woman, while traveling you will not only discover the world but also yourself, get to realize what you are capable of and what you are worth in this life.
The oldest man to climb Kilimanjaro was Dr Fred Distelhorst, an 88-year-old retired orthodontist. Dr. Distelhorst chose the Rongai route and appeared to be quite insightful. The Rongai route takes rise at the northeastern slope of the mountain, close to the border with neighboring Kenya. The team of climbers left high camp at 11:38 PM on July 19, 2017, and successfully finished their conquest at 9:33 AM on July 20, 2017. The entire hike took six days.
On January 21, 2008 a 7-year-old braveheart named Keats Boyd from LA was lucky to become the youngest person on Earth to conquer Africa’s highest peak.
The youngest woman to reach the summit was Roxy Getter from Florida, U.S. She stepped on the peak in July 2017 being barely 8 years old. Roxy and her brother, as well as her entire family embraced this breathtaking adventure quite spontaneously, while enjoying their vacation in Tanzania.
On February 9, 2015 Valery Rozov – a famous Russian BASE jumper performed the first jump in history from the highest mountain in Africa – the volcano Kilimanjaro. Valery Rozov spent slightly more than 1 minute in freefall overcoming a distance of more than 3 kilometers along the horizon during his jump. From the jump point to the landing the altitude difference was more than 1500 meters.
Stephan Siegrist from Switzerland was the first climber in history to perform a successful highlining in the summit area of Africa’s highest mountain, setting a new world record on June 20, 2015. Reaching the summit Stephan confessed that even though he had good altitude acclimatization and perfect preparation it was difficult for him to keep his balance at such height.
“Conquerors of Kilimanjaro”
“Conquerors of Kilimanjaro” or a women’s football team of 30 volunteers from different nationalities fulfilled their dream and set a new world record – a football match at the highest point of the African continent on June 29, 2017. The fearless footballers, the youngest of whom was 18 and the oldest 66, not only reached the summit but also played a match in extreme conditions on the field strewn with volcanic ash. The 90 minute match was conducted according to all the rules of professional football.
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