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First Bearded Hippy Riding a Unicycle Up Kilimanjaro
First Bearded Hippy Riding a Unicycle Up Kilimanjaro
Given that it’s easy to climb and relatively safe, Mt. Kilimanjaro is known as a mountain to set a new record – and garner some quick fame as “being the first” person to either 1) climb the mountain in a certain way 2) or to be a type-of-person that has NEVER climbed the mountain.

In the last few years, there have been a new record – every few months – of a trekker trying to “become the first” person that climbed Kilimanjaro. To be honest, it’s getting to the point where it’s a bit ridiculous.

Let’s see, this year we had the following:
1. We had the youngest person climbing Kilimanjaro.

2.We had the first HIV positive person to summit Kilimanjaro. Read HIVman attempts record climb. I would like to dispute this as many people with HIV have climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro. They just haven’t documented it.

3. We had the first person to “run to the top” of Kilimanjaro this last year. I don’t dispute this record because personally to run to the top of Kilimanjaro is like going deep sea scuba diving without any gear. This guy who ran to the top of Kilimanjaro, also might win the record for having lost the most brain cells or having the longest headache after climbing Kilimanjaro.

If there are any midgets, cavemen, or albinos that like mountain climbing, I suggest you head to Kilimanjaro. You could be the first.

First Man with Pierced Lip, Eye, Nose and Tongue to Climb Kilimanjaro
First Man with Pierced Lip, Eye, Nose and Tongue to Climb Kilimanjaro
First Person Wearing Darth Vader Mask to Climb Kilimanjaro
First Person Wearing Darth Vader Mask to Climb Kilimanjaro

First Pirate on Kilimanjaro
First Pirate on Kilimanjaro

By Peter Baxter | Permalink | 6 comments | March 31st, 2006
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By Jonathan | March 31st, 2006


Carrie and I sat here just laughing our heads off… well, maybe not literally, but you know the expresssion…

Here are our suggestions for the list…

How about “first snail to get to Kilimanjaro” – Getting to the top of Kili might be an issue for a snail…


“First person to read Green Eggs and Ham in less than one breath per page at the top of Kilimanjaro”

Or “First three-legged race up Kilimanjaro”…

Thanks for the funny posting!


By Sean | March 31st, 2006

I think Donovan suggested to me while we were running once…I’m gonna be the 1st person to summit Kili with my left arm raised as I climb. Keep this going…there are a milliona good reasons, as well as completely stupid ones that will make us laugh. Nice one styx.

By Ed Abell | April 4th, 2006

Oh crud…I missed the opportunity of a lifetime.
I could have been the first Wisconsin guy to climb Kilimanjaro wearing a cheese hat.
Oh well…

By Dustin | August 22nd, 2006

I’ll be the first to stand naked at the top!

By Jonny | January 11th, 2007

Hey Donavan, don’t be such a bitter old man, its all in fun! I’ve climbed Kili three-legged, with mate Sam, and yes it’s completely ridiculous, but it’s bloody funny! Why not do something so ludicrous as stand naked on the top of Kili? What a story to tell your Grandkids!
Carie and Jonathan, me and my friend, sat on top of Kili laughing our heads off at the ridiculousness of what we had just done, but at least we’d done it. My point is there is nothing wrong we’ve these stupid records, beacuse no one pretends that they’re anything other than stupid. More power to the first snail and the wisconsin cheese hat wearer I say!

By Lauren | April 13th, 2007

Anyone know if there’s a record for the tallest man to climb Kili? Sorry for asking but a friend of mine wants to know if he can break this record if it exists.


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