New record for the youngest Brit to conquer Kilimanjaro!

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  • Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro's second summit, from Kibo
  • Jack Rea on Kilimanjaro

New record for the youngest Brit to conquer Kilimanjaro!

I am grateful to Pamina Gimber for bringing to our notice a new record that’s just been set. Jack Rea from Wetherby in Yorkshire, who is a pupil at Aysgarth School in Newton-le-Willows, climbed to the summit with his father, Aaron, last week.

In doing so we believe he set a new mark for the youngest British person ever to walk to the summit at just 10 years and 20 days old.

Though Jack is quite a bit outside the world record, held by Keats Boyd from California who was just seven when he reached Uhuru Peak, we believe that he beats the old British record, set by Oisin Devitt from Jersey last year.

Nor is the culmination of Jack’s ambition. As was quoted in the Yorkshire Post, Jack said: “It is my ambition to climb the seven summits which are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents.

“Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is my first summit I am going to complete.”

To make a hugely impressive feat just that bit more impressive, Jack’s justgiving page ( has so far collected £6957.28 in sponsorship from his climb.

We do, of course, congratulate Master Rea on this remarkable achievement – nice one Jack!

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight.Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.