Endurance athlete, Simon Mtuy(pictured above), enjoying a run at Kilimanjaro National Park.
Kilimanjaro, also known as the ‘Roof of Africa,’ is a vast national park, supporting five primary ecosystems: alpine desert, alpine bogs and sub-alpine moorland, montane forest belt, sub-montane argo-forest, and savannah bush. A unique mountain formation known as a stratovolcano, or composite volcano, Kilimanjaro stands independently of other mountains. At 5,895 meters tall it is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The stratovolcano is composed of three volcanoes: Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo which are all are extinct but Kibo, which lies dormant.
Although world-class endurance athlete, Simon Mtuy, can make the ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro in less than a day (9 hours and 22 minutes), it takes the average person any where from 5-9 days to make the 5,895 meter (19,341 ft) summit. Simon Mtuy may make this climb look incredibly easy, but in reality, of the 20,000 tourists that attempt Kilimanjaro’s climb, there are sadly between 10-15 deaths estimated per year. Those numbers haven’t seemed to stop the numerous thrill-seekers that travel to Kilimanjaro to check a task off of their live’s to-do list.