MtKilimanjaro Travel Guide
Climb MtKilimanjaro
Email our kili experts!

News Story: Boy, 12, climbs Kilimanjaro in seven days

August 23, 2005

Dar es Salaam : A 12-year-old American boy, Ryan Eckert, may have set a record by successfully climbing Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, last week, his guide said yesterday.

“It took the boy seven days to reach the summit,” the guide, Honest Minja, said by telephone from Moshi at the base of the famed 5 895-metre white-peaked mountain in northern Tanzania.

Read Cape Times

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 3 comments | August 24th, 2005
Tags: News
Related posts


By Kevin Haley | February 24th, 2006

I’m good friends with this family. The Father Jeff and Ryan’s older brother Jarred also finished the climb, motivated by Ryan leading them up the mountain. All three of them have their certificate. Great guys from the Houston, Tx area who are now expats in Lagos on a 4 year assignment.

By Jeff Eckert | March 30th, 2006

Yes that is true. It was a great father-son adventure. Great bonding. Ryan did lead the way though and was the 1st to reach the summit.

Next adventure from our Nigeria base may be Mount Cameroon.

By Michael Tuggy | August 17th, 2006

Sorry to disappoint as far as the record goes. My daughter, Kristin, climbed Kilimanjaro with me in 2004 at age 11. We have the story on our family website with photos and video. My son was 14 and my wife also made it as well.

I’ll be submitting the documentary video to an outdoor film festival this year.


Mt. Kilimanjaro News

Read more archives

RSS Feed Subscription


Reader Comments

Climb Kilimanjaro on Add Adventure Trips to Kili Trek for Trip of a Lifetime
If you travel all the way to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro its worth taking atleast a few days ontop...

Shu on Historic Kilimanjaro
Hi Angie...Climbed Kili in September 2010 and had the most incredible experience of my life. Went wi...

Catherine on Historic Kilimanjaro
My brother is planning to climb kilimanjaro with this company

angie on Historic Kilimanjaro
Hi Eric, I'm glad you summited with no problems! Way to go!! My boyfriends trek also had rather b...

eric on Historic Kilimanjaro
climbed it this past June with no climbing experience. We had amazing guides though! @Angie-it is ...