Seven Summits: Kilimanjaro
The Seven Summits
The "Seven Summits" are the seven highest mountains in each of the world's seven continents. Climbing all seven peaks is regarded in mountaineering circles as a formidable achievement. The first person to climb all of the Seven Summits was American businessman, rancher and mountaineer Richard Bass, who achieved this in 1985.
Although lists differ slightly as to which mountains make up the Seven Summits (due to controversies over the boundaries of the various continents), they all include seven of the following ten mountains.
But what do you know about these seven mountains that make up the Seven Summits? In a series of articles called "Seven Summits", I want to explore these beautiful, enigmatic, and sometimes dangerous mountains. Next up - 10 facts about the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro!
1) Sleeping Giant
Located in the East African country of Tanzania, Mount Kilimajaro is actually a dormant volcano.
2) King of Africa
With a summit of 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa.
3) First Up
The first recorded successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro took place in 1889 when German Geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian Mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller made it to the top.
4) Call Me
The exact origin of the name Kilimanjaro remains a mystery, but a number of theories have been suggested. Possible origins of the name include the Swahili word for mountain of greatness or mountain of caravans. Another possibility is that Kilimanjaro means "the White Mountain".
5) Love at First Sight
German missionaries Rebmann and Krapf were the first Europeans known to have attempted to reach kilimanjaro. According to the English geographer Halford Mackinder and explorer Harry Johnston, Rebmann was the first European to report the existence of Kilimanjaro in 1848.
6) Never Too Old
The oldest person to climb to Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak was Angela Vorobeva, who in October 2015 climbed the mountain aged 86 years and 267 days!
7) Young Blood
Although there is an official age-limit of 10 years for a climbing permit, occasionally exceptions are made. American kid Keats Boyd reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in January 2008 aged just seven years old!
Several climbs of Kilimanjaro by people with disabilities have drawn considerable attention. In 2007, South African wheelchair user Bernard Goosen scaled Kilimanjaro in six days. Also, Kyle Maynard who has no forearms or lower legs, crawled unassisted to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012!
In 2013, Tanzania's Kilimanjaro National Park generated $51 million in revenue!
10) Celebrity Summit
British Charity Comic Relief has sent several celebrities up Kilimanjaro to raise money for the poor and needy. Famous entertainers sent to the top by Comic Relief include Gary Barlow from Take That, Alesha Dixon from So Solid Crew, and Jade from Little Mix.
Bonus: Seven Summits Wall Art
For adventurers, Kilimanjaro is one of the most alluring and enigmatic locations in the world. Along with the other Seven Summits it offers a challenge that many climbers find hard to resist. With our Seven Summits posters we hope to inspire people to be adventurous and rise to their own challenges. Check out our Seven Summits Wall Art Collection and let us know what you think!
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