Team Sets Out to Summit Kilimanjaro Without Shoes or Socks

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Photo: Erik R. Trinidad

Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa‘s highest peak (19,341 ft. ASL) in northeastern Tanzania, has been a prized accomplishment for mountain trekkers around the globe. But has anyone done it barefoot?

According to The Adventure Blog, that’s a stunt that about to be pulled by an organization called Barefoot Impi, who is helping to raise funds for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Five barefoot members, plus a support crew of five (presumably with boots), plan to reach the summit of the famed mountain, walking uphill on trails — many of which are based with sharp textures of volcanic rock.

Also, if you remember your English literature, Ernest Hemingway reported that there are definitely snows of Kilimanjaro — which obviously is a frostbite threat they’ll face that normal people wearing proper boots need not worry about. Here’s hoping the Barefoot Impi team can warm up their feet before losing their toes.