Mt Kilimamjaro Facts and Statistics
Mt Kilimanjaro has three cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Uhuru peak is highest point on Kibo and thus the true summit of Kilimanjaro.
Uhuru peak(mt kilimanjaros summit)is 19,341 ft (5,895 m)- Gilman’s peak, also on the Kibo cone, is 18651 ft(5685 m)
Mawenzi’s peak is 16,893 ft (5,149 m) high
Shira reaches 13,000 ft (3,962 m)
KILIMANJARO MAIN CLAIM TO FAME
The worlds tallest free-standing mountain
Kilimanjaro is nearly 25 miles (40 km) across at it’s longest diameter.
KILIMANJARO FIRST ASCENT (RECORDED)
October 5, 1889. Credited to Hans Meyer, who ascended Uhuru peak along with Ludwig Purtscheller and a climbing team of at least 11 locals whose names were not recorded for posterity. Hans Meyer commemorated the effort in Across East African Glaciers: the First Ascent of mt Kilimanjaro.
KILIMANJARO FASTEST CLIMB
Sean Burch summited in 5 hours 28 minutes and 48 second on March 3rd, 2010.
Up til then, the record belonged to Simon Mtuy a Tanzanian, who ran up and back down mt Kilimanjaro, unsupported, in 9 hours 21 minutes and 47 seconds on February 22, 2006.
OLDEST PERSON TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
George Solt, current Guinness World Record™ holder, reached the summit at age 82 years, 289 days on 14 July 2010.
His record was surpassed, however, by 84-year-old Richard Byerley of Walla Walla, WA who summited on October 6, 2011.
YOUNGEST PERSON TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
Keats Boyd made a successful mt kilimanjaro summit on January 21, 2008 when he was seven years old.
The youngest person to legally climb the mountain (the Tanzanian government says climbers should be no younger than 10!), was Jordan Romero, on July 23, 2006.
FIRST PERSON IN A WHEELCHAIR CLIMB TO KILIMANJARO
28-year-old Erica Davis of Carlsbad, CA is believed to be the first paralyzed woman to ascend Kilimajaro, arriving on the summit in her wheelchair in January of 2010.
FIRST BLIND PERSON TO CLIMB
Many vision-impaired climbers have summited Kilimanjaro. One notable ascent was Erik Weihenmayer’s (summited in August 1997 and September, 2005) ascent, undertaken as part of his successful seven summits bid. That bid saw Weihenmayer emerge the only blind person to ever have successfully summited Mt. Everest.