A group in Alberta is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity!
The first successful climb of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in 1889 took six weeks.
Italian Bruno Brunod literally ran to the top in five hours, 38 minutes and 20 seconds in 2001. Native guide Simon Mtuy made it up and back in eight hours and 27 minutes in 2004.
Gretta and Garnet Cummings aren’t out to set any records. They just want to reach the top, a trek of 25 to 30 kilometres one way. If all goes according to plan — Garnet’s artificial left hip and right knee hold out, and altitude sickness doesn’t stop them — the Edmonton couple will be standing on the snow-capped summit of the world’s tallest free-standing volcano and the highest point of Africa 5,895 metres (19,344 feet) above sea level on Aug. 17, seven days after starting the climb, slightly longer than the five or six days it takes the average climber.