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.