Mount Kilimanjaro keeps on inspiring people. The highest mountain on the African continent has already seen people reaching its summit in a Penguin Suit and the ‘Ice Man’ scaled it wearing only shorts and sandals.
Now some people have taken it another step further by climbing the 5.895m beast barefoot!
In 2012, a group of adventurous friends set out to climb Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, completely barefoot. They hiked the entire way to the top without shoes. Now, more than two years after their expedition, the team has released a wonderful documentary about their climb. The entire 37+ minute film can be found below. And it is quite the trip!
They describe it themselves as follows:
Sometimes saying yes to a crazy idea can take you down a road you never dreamt of traveling and can answer some questions you hadn’t ever asked.
6 friends set out to summit the highest mountain in Africa, the highest free standing mountain in the world, entirely Barefoot.
Before the departure they must come to terms with the science of walking through harsh terrain in sub-zero conditions and at high altitude in a bid to make it to the summit.
Their adventure may not have changed the world, but it certainly changed the way they see theirs.
When they set out from the Kibo Huts on the morning of their summit attempt, the temperature was below zero and they still had to traverse plenty of loose scree. It took them about 4.5 hours to reach Gilman’s Point, and along the way they encountered several climbers who had turned back from the summit, and were clearly suffering from altitude sickness. That was a sobering experience for the entire crew, but they continued on to the top none the less.
As they approached the summit they faced plenty of snow as well. More than two feet had fallen just a few days earlier, and walking the final few hundred feet without shoes, in snow, was yet one more challenge to overcome. But in the end, they stood on top, and just like the ‘Penguin’ and ‘the Ice Man’ scaled Kili on a world’s first!