Pakistan’s emerging mountaineer Asad Ali Memon has set his eyes on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro — one of the seven summits in the world. Interestingly, as an unusual feat, Memon wants it to do in less than 24 hours.
Earlier this year, Memon had successfully climbed Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, and hoisted the Pakistani flag at the top of the peak located in Argentina.
Asad said that this year on February 10th, he is aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb 19,340 ft. Mt. Kilimanjaro in less than 24 hours’ time.
The Larkana based mountaineer said that he is excited about the feat and wishes to do something different. “Many Pakistani people have climbed this peak but they have taken 5 to 6 days time, which is the usual time, but I want to do it in a day, in less than 24 hours,” he said.
The aspiring mountaineer referred to Karl Egloff, a Swiss mountaineer who has the record of climbing Kilimanjaro up and down in 6 hours 42 minutes, as his motivation.
“My ultimate aim is to break Egloff’s record, but due to limited resources and latest equipment, I aim to at least summit it in 24 hours,” he shared.
During the summit, Asad Memon said, the weather will be a mix, hot in the evening and cold at night, whereas rain showers are expected as well. He added that he has been working on increasing his stamina and running on the slippery ground for the past four months.
“To complete the summit within 24 hours, I will have to run for 64km – the distance from starting point to peak through the Marangu route. There is a 15km patch in the second phase — a forest that takes about an hour and a half to cross – and it’s usually raining in that area.”
“So, I have to practice running on slippery ground with normal hiking shoes. For this, I’ll be going to Gilgit in January to run on snow with hiking shoes,” he added.
He further shared that he won’t be carrying any food or water with him except chocolate bars.—Agencies