If you think climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is something only the young and super-fit can do, you will be pleased to know that a whole manner of different celebrities have managed to conquer Kili in recent years, and it is those who were considered ‘unfit’ that made it to the top!
Radio One DJ Chris Moyles famously made it to Uhuru Peak in 2009 along with a team of celebrities including Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole, to raise money for Comic Relief. Weighing 20-stone, Chris was certainly not in top-condition for the climb, but he made it all the same!
Hollywood movie star Jessica Biel climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise awareness about clean water issues and raise funds for The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. While she made it to the top, she has since said she would never attempt it again and that it was one of the hardest things she has ever done.
Just going to prove that money cannot buy everything, Billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, did not make it all the way to the Roof of Africa, and had to abandon his attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after suffering breathing problems…
As did tennis legend Martina Navratilova, who set out to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010. Hoping the climb would help her overcome a tough year, the nine-time Wimbledon winner was overcome by a combination of altitude sickness and a stomach infection, which lead to her being carried down the mountain on a makeshift stretcher.
Money, fame, and physical fitness may not help you get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but willpower and determination may just do the trick!