Amazing feats and records on Kilimanjaro
Though it’s been less than 150 years since Hans Meyer became the first person to set foot on the summit of Kilimanjaro, people have been finding many different ways of conquering the Roof of Africa since then. The following is a collection of posts about amazing climbs that we’ve reported on over the past five years. The COVID pandemic has, of course, curtailed many record attempts and other climbs over the past couple of years – but there are still plenty of stories here to enjoy, amuse, and inspire.
89-year-old woman climbs Kilimanjaro!
An 89-year-old woman from Phoenix, Arizona, has become the oldest to climb Africa's highest mountain. Anne Lorimor, a former university instructor, reached the summit earlier this month after a nine-day trek. Anne climbed for Creating [...]
Fish and chips cooked at Kilimanjaro’s Barafu Camp
In September this year two men from Northern Ireland became the first to serve fish and chips at Kilimanjaro's Barafu Camp, a dizzying 4662m (15,295ft) above sea level. Alan Hanna, who runs Pitstop Fast Food [...]
New record for youngest person to reach the top
A six-year-old boy has become the youngest person ever to climb Kilimanjaro. Coaltan Tanner, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the US, reached the summit on 22 October 2018 at 11.40am. He was born on September [...]
Scottish woman with no hands or feet reaches summit
A Scottish woman is believed to have become the world's first quadruple amputee to have reached the summit of Africa's Highest mountain. Corinne Hutton reached the top on Friday, 5 October, as part of a team [...]
New world record for youngest female to climb Kilimanjaro!
Earlier this month, on the morning of the 16 March, 2018, Montannah Kenney managed to walk from the park gates to the very summit of Africa's Highest Mountain. In doing so, she became the youngest [...]
Two Kilimanjaro records broken in one week! (Possibly)
It's been a busy time on Kilimanjaro. This morning Danish athlete Kristina Schou Madsen contacted us to point out that she has just smashed the record for the fastest climb-and-descent of Kilimanjaro by a woman. Her time [...]
New record for oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro!
It's finally been officially confirmed that Dr Fred Distelhorst, a retired orthodontist from Vail, Colorado, has become, at 88, the oldest person ever to climb Kilimanjaro. Dr Distelhorst climbed with his grand-daughter, Ellen Edgerton, who was [...]
New Kilimanjaro Record: Girl aged 8 climbs to the summit!
An eight-year-old girl from Florida, US, has become the youngest ever female to climb Kilimanjaro all the way to its 5895m summit. Roxy Getter, from Punta Gorda, reached the summit with her family earlier this month. [...]
Highest ever football match played on Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro has picked up yet another record. Last month thirty women from across the world played a full ninety-minute football game (that's soccer to our American friends) in the Crater of Mount Kilimanjaro. The game, [...]
Africa’s Biggest Tree found on Kilimanjaro!
Africa’s tallest indigenous tree has been discovered in a remote corner of Kilimanjaro. The tree is, measures a whopping 81.5 metres, and is of the species Entandrophragma excelsum. Scientists from the University of Bayreuth in [...]
The first woman to climb Kilimanjaro
Last week The Guardian here in the UK reproduced an account of Sheila MacDonald's 1927 ascent of Kilimanjaro. The climb is significant as it is possible that this was the first ascent to the summit [...]
Man gets to top of Kilimanjaro on his hands and knees!
It sounds incredible but earlier this month Aaron Phipps, who lost the lower half of both of his legs to meningitis aged 15, managed to reach the top of #Kilimanjaro completely under his own steam. [...]
Amputee team to climb Kilimanjaro
So you don't think you've got what it takes, physically, to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro? Check out these individuals from the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, all climbing Africa's HIghest Mountain in December this year [...]
New record holder for the fastest woman on Kilimanjaro!
The new record holder for the fastest ascent by a woman is Britain's Becky Shuttleworth. Beginning at Kili's Umbwe Gate, Becky managed to reach Uhuru Peak on 20 September 2014 in just 11 Hrs 34 [...]
New record set on Kilimanjaro for the world’s highest cricket match
English newspapers have been full of this story for the past few days so I thought I'd share it with the rest of the world. Earlier this month a group of cricketers managed to complete [...]
New Speed Record for Climbing Kilimanjaro
Once again the record books are going to have to be rewritten: Swiss-Ecuadorian Karl Egloff has just set a new speed record for climbing Kilimanjaro and returning to the gate again, completing the distance in [...]
Footage of legendary motorbike journey up Kilimanjaro on Youtube
I have just found on Youtube some footage of the fabled 1974 expedition by two Spanish guys who drove their motorbikes from Igualada in Spain to Kilimanjaro - and then drove up Kili too, [...]
Who has climbed Kilimanjaro the most?
Last year I was contacted by a well-known US-based trekking company who wanted to know which person had climbed Kilimanjaro the greatest number of times. I replied that the holder of this record would [...]