Facts and Records about Mount Kilimanjaro

Art J. Samberg presently serves as the owner of Hawkes Financial, LLC, in Katonah, New York. Art Samberg previously spent a decade as the chief executive officer at Pequot Capital Management, Inc. Outside of his professional pursuits, Arthur J. Samberg enjoys mountain climbing. In 2000, he summited Mount Kilimanjaro.

Many nature enthusiasts and mountain climbers are aware of the fact that Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest freestanding mountain in the world. However, there are many equally fascinating details that are less known. For instance, the mountain is composed of three volcanic cones. While two are extinct, the highest volcanic peak, Kibo, is still active and could erupt at any time. The last eruption came more than 300,000 years ago.

A number of interesting facts involve world records for summiting the mountain’s highest peak, Uhuru. Valtee Daniel of France summited the mountain at age 87, making him the oldest person to accomplish the feat. Italian Bruno Brunod, meanwhile, achieved the fastest verified ascent by reaching Uhuru Peak in five hours, 38 minutes, and 40 seconds. The fastest round trip belongs to Simon Mtuy, who summited Uhuru and returned to base in just under eight and a half hours. Many tourists take six days or more to make a round trip.


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