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Look who made it to the top of Kilimanjaro this week!
In 2001 Bruno Brunod of Italy managed to reach Uhuru Peak from Marangu Gate in just 5 hours 38 minutes and 40 seconds. This remains the fastest verified ascent of Kilimanjaro. There are a couple of unverified claims, however, with Sean Burch of Virginia claiming to have made it to the top on 7 June 2005 in 5 hours 28 minutes, and Christian Stangl of Austria claiming to have achieved the summit in 5 hours 36 minutes in October 2004.Incidentally, Bruno then ran back down the same way, reaching Marangu Gate just 2 hours 56 minutes and 12 seconds after summiting. Adding these up, his total time on the mountain was just over 8 hours 30 minutes. Impressive, but it’s not the record…
This belongs to Simon Mtuy (Tanzania), who runs the Summit Expeditions and Nomadic Experience trekking agency in Moshi. On December 26, 2004, Simon acheived the incredible time of 8 hours 27 minutes. Apparently, it took Simon 6 hours exactly to reach the summit via the Umbwe Route, and after seven minutes to catch his breath, just two hours 20 minutes to complete the descent to Mweka Gate.
In fact, it’s likely that Simon will be the holder for a while. His ultrarunning
background combined with the fact that he climbs the mountain regularly mean that
even if his rivals do beat his time, their reign is likely to be shortlived.Nor is
that the end of Simon’s record-
On 21 January 2008 Keats Boyd from Los Angeles successfully hauled his seven-
An impressive feat, not least because in breaking the record Keats must also have broken all sorts of rules, including the one that says you have to be at least ten to climb Kili! The youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro who was above the minimum age was Jordan Romero of Big Bear Lake, California, who, as reported in our section, achieved the summit on the 23rd July 2006 at the tender age of ten years and 11 days old.
In the summer of 2010 we had a couple of record breakers in this field. First, grandad George Solt, a retired professor from Olney in Buckinghamshire, became the oldest man to reach the summit of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, at the age of 82. Professor Solt followed the Machame Route and took a total of 8 days to reach the summit and descend again, and was accompanied on his climb by five members of his family.
man on the summit. But Mr Daniel's climb has never been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, who insist on certain rules being followed in order for a climber's claim to
be accepted. In particular, the record attempt has to be verified by independent
witnesses, must be filmed and photographed as well as meticulously documented in
a log book. As such, the Guinness Book of Records currently have American Carl Haupt
as the oldest man, (he reached the summit at the tender age of 79 back in 2004) -
Also in 2010, this time in September, 83-
summit. Ms Buum, who was accompanied by her niece and long-
hurrying back anytime soon, though will continue to hike around the US and near her home.
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