Why climb Kilimanjaro?


This blog was written by Edward Oswald who climbed Kilimanjaro in August 2019.

A question I was asked countless times by my friends & family. Pre-climb I responded with the following – “I’m keen to challenge myself and do something completely different, all while supporting a great charity”. While this statement holds true post-climb, there’s so much more to it… as you’re about to find out.

The climb – what does it entail?

Kilimanjaro is a beast, and climbing it isn’t easy, but it is possible and will definitely register as one of the most memorable experiences in your life.

6 days, 40km walked and 4100m gained – while this may seem like a lot, the climb itself is very manageable. The climb requires relatively little training or technical ability. Some records for you: Youngest climber – 7-year-old; Oldest climber – 86 year old; Fastest ascent – 4 hours 56 mins. With these records in place, you should feel very comfortable about your chances of summitting.

The scenery is truly jaw-dropping. During your six-day trek, you get to experience over 5 different types of terrain including rainforest, moorlands, alpine deserts and glaciers. These terrains al