February 14, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

MOSHI:  LINDA Koeman (37), a usual from Holland is not a sailor. But still she has a right to shout: “Ahoy there!” because she managed to reach a top Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres ASL) in just two days (only 48 hours), instead of the usual 6 days through Marangu route, while wearing shoes and shorts only (with naked chest) representing the cause that everybody can maintain control over the body under extreme conditions as the freezing temperatures at the summit (Uhuru Peak) can range between -18 and -26?C (0 to -15?F).

The woman is among a group of 26 people who under the leadership of Wim Hof who recently started to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres above the Sea level) in just only three days and ‘surprisingly’ all the group managed to make to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 mts ASL) and Uhuru Peak (5,895 mts ASL) within 48 while wearing shoes and shorts only!

In exclusive interviews with ‘Business Times” at Marangu gate last week at Marangu gate during the down hilling of their expedition from the highest summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the Roof of Africa) Ms. Linda 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 (5,861 mts ASL) that she managed to reach Uhuru Peak, 5,895 metres, above sea level 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!” Ms. Koeman further recalled.

She recollected that was the culmination of  ‘two day Mt. Kilimanjaro climb’  as they were planned to reach the highest summits in three day instead of usual six days to reach the summit through the famous Marangu  route that to her still seems like a dream.Read More

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