Wearing shoes, shorts 25 trekkers reach Roof of Africa in 48 hours

February 3, 2014 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

A group of 25 Mt Kilimanjaro trekkers who started to climb the mountains early this week with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) in three days, had surprisingly managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak within 48 hours while wearing shoes and shorts only.

In an exclusive interviews with The Guardian on Sunday at Marangu gate mid this week during the down hilling of their expedition from the Roof of Africa, Linda Koeman from Holland recalls.
It was around 5.30 a.m. on January 28, 2014 after a breath taking one and half hour fast walk from Gilman’s point that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, only in shoes and shorts.
“For some seconds I totally forgot that I came along with my friend, then some 15 minutes or so later turning I saw him coming towards me in a second group and it downed on me he has made it. We both made it,” Koeman further recalled.
She recollected that was the culmination of  ‘two day Mt Kilimanjaro climb’  as they had planned to reach the highest summits in three days instead of usual six days through the famous Marangu  route that to her still seems like a dream.
“Reaching Uhuru Peak within two days instead of our planned three days while in only shoes and shorts through the Marangu Route as the summit is full of ‘ice’ particularly on top, to me it was a dream come true but the actual climb is a long episode that one need to grow very old to forget,” she noted.
“I liked challenges since I was too young, I used to train sports so I’m physically fit, though I couldn’t have managed to make it to Uhuru without using the techniques that I obtained from Wim Hof methods of breathing that makes human body to multiply red cells in a human body that increases in his/her immune system hence reducing the risks of hypothermia and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), she added.
“That’s why I come to scale Mt Kilimanjaro though I didn’t climb any high mountain in my life and I appreciate myself that I made it to the Uhuru Peak with the ‘great assistance’  from Joseph Marandu alias ‘Photo’ in a Chief Tour Guide with ZARA Tanzania Adventures in collaboration with his counterparts” Ms Koeman explained. Read More
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