Guide to Climbing Kilimanjaro
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Mt Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania, just south of the Kenyan border. It holds the title of the largest freestanding mountain in the world, rising abruptly out of the flat plains that surround this giant monolith. It consists of 3 volcanic cones, the largest (and most commonly climbed) is ‘Kibo’, what many confuse to be Kilimanjaro itself.
It was first Climbed by German Hans Meyer in 1889 after 3 attempts. One stat that will probably blow the mind of anyone who’s climbed Kili; the speed record for fastest ascent/descent is 6 hours and 42 minutes, held by mountain guide Karl Egloff. The youngest to climb was American Keats Boyd, who reached the summit at the grand old age of 7.
The name Kilimanjaro and its origins are completely unknown, the local Wachagga people don’t even have a name for it. The main peak ‘Uhuru’, commonly mistaken for Kilimanjaro itself, was named after the Swahili word for ‘freedom’ soon after Tanzania gained independence.