Conquering Africa’s Tallest Mountain
Extreme sports transcends national boundaries, religion and race. It’s for this reason that an Xtreme Outdoors Africa crew of three, including me, Michelle Morgan, drove to Moshi, a municipality located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, some 350km from Nairobi. Our mission was to find and interview an African mountaineer by the name Julio Ludago who is also a tour guide with Ahasante Tours.
Ludago is a quiet individual, who started out as an assistant guide only to rise up the ranks through hard work and perseverance becoming a world class tour guide.
Ludago hit the headlines last year (2015) when he made an attempt to break the World Record for the fastest ascent and descent of Africa’s highest mountain. The existing World Record is held by Karl Egloff a Swiss-Ecuadorian mountaineer who completed the challenge in 6 hours and 42 minutes.
Ludago clocked 11 hours 8 minutes, which by all means not an easy task considering it takes an average of 5-9 days to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro standing at 5,895 metres. Even though he was unable to break the World Record Lugando is optimistic that one day he will set a new record.
To learn more about Julio Ludago, watch out for XOA TV show coming soon on your screens.
Written by Michelle Morgan