GROUP EMBARKS ON CLIMBING MT KILIMANJARO FOR 36 HOURS

January 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

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A group of 18 Mount Kilimanjaro trekkers under the leadership of the World’s Record holder – Wim Hof ‘Iceman’ has today started to climb the mountain with the aim of reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) in 36 hours while wearing shoes and shorts only.

DSCF9431In an exclusive interview with The Guardian over the weekend in Moshi, Hof who has 25 Guinness Records explained that they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro using the famous route under the guidance of a Moshi based tourism company – ZARA Tanzania Adventures.
“Early last year I guided a group of 25 Mount Kilimanjaro trekkers who managed to make it to the highest summits of the mountain which are Gilman’s point (5,681 metres) and Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres) within 48 hours… they were also wearing shoes and shorts only,” he explained.
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He said the key challenge is to maintain control of the body under extreme conditions as the freezing temperature at the summit can range between 18-26 centigrade and reach the summit at nearly six thousand metres in only 36 hours (instead of the usual days 6).
“The climbing speed we are using does not give the body time to acclimatise,” he explained.
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Hof noted that on the first day they will climb 3,800 metres and the following day they will scale the mountain up to 4,700 metres and on the last day climb all the way to the top of the mountain.
He added that the crew will have to maintain control of mind and body while dealing with the major risks of hypothermia and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Hof has won 25 World records including climbing the World’s highest mountain, Mt Everest in an empty chest, run a marathon beyond the Poler Cycle and swimming under the Ice (after making holes) among many others.
“However, these capabilities are not unique to me and in fact, I have achieved similar encouraging results with many patients with auto-immune diseases of joints such as Arthritis and Rheumatism as well as nerves and muscles such as ALS and Myasthenia Gravis,” he said.
One of the climbers, Leon Leijten from Holland explained that the project’s goal is to show that anyone can accomplish such an extraordinary world record.
He added that given the global interest for this challenge, an international documentary will be produced so that everyone is able to follow closely the crew’s journey on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hof has been working with documentary producers from the BBC, Discovery Channel and the National Geographic for quite some time.
“The latest documentary on his extraordinary performances in Iceland will be a great success. And the entire journey will be filmed for a full-length feature documentary on how to stay In Control on Kilimanjaro,” Leijten pointed out.
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For her part, ZARA Tanzania Adventures Managing Director, Zainab Ansell said: “We are very happy to host such a unique group. Apart from Mount Kilimanjaro we are also marketing other tourist destinations available in the country.
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( Hof and the team visit kilimanjaro Orphanage centre in moshi)
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( Group shot at Zara’s Springlands Hotel in Moshi)
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(Hof take pause )
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( Get ready for kili climb)
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About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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