New Speed Record for Climbing #Kilimanjaro

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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 just 6 hours, 56 minutes and 24 seconds.

Karl achieved this time by taking the notoriously steep Umbwe Route to Uhuru Peak, and then descending via Mweka. The previous record was held by Kilian Jornet, who completed his run in 7 hours and 14 minutes.

Like all of the people who attempt to set speed records on Kilimanjaro, Karl was only able to achieve his time following months of preparation and high altitude training, in his case in the mountains of Ecuador and in Tanzania.

We do of course congratulate Karl on his epic achievement.

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.