Meet John

John Rees-Evans

From before his teens John's main interest has always been adventurous expeditions. At the age of 12, he eventually concluded a long campaign to persuade his mother to allow him to cycle the 30km round trip each day to school and back. After school John joined the British Army but wasn't particularly convinced by the merits of Brits killing Serbs, so left by the age of 21 and has committed himself to diverse expeditions ever since.

At the age of 19 John cycled solo from Switzerland to Israel, and at 22 from Los Angeles to the South of France (excluding the Atlantic). He completed a traverse of Europe's longest glacier (Jostedalsbreen) at 19, and a solo traverse of Western Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, at 21.

With his new wife, Rebecca, he unsuccessfully attempted an unsupported speed climb without supplemental oxygen on Mount Everest's north face - the couple running out of supplies while awaiting the next safe weather window for the ascent up the Hornbein Couloir.

Once married with children and while wanting to continue doing mountainous expeditions, yet needing to reduce risk, he returned to Africa, establishing Team Kilimanjaro with his wife in June of 2004 at the age of 26. He has been organising climbs on Kilimanjaro ever since, and loves his work!

UK's Unsupported Kilimanjaro Speed Record Holder

John holds the UK's unsupported Kilimanjaro speed ascent record - ascending in 10 hours 25 - but reckons it to be of a very poor standard, and encourages other Brits to better his attempt. For comparison’s sake, note that Team Kilimanjaro verified the current mens’ unsupported ascent and descent world record in a time of 9 hours 21 minutes 47 seconds. This record, which is held by Simon Mtuy, who himself runs an excellent climb operation, SENE, appears in the 2010 publication of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Additionally, Team Kilimanjaro believes that there is already another British man that may have bettered this attempt in the 1960’s, beginning at Rongai and running via School Hut. We would be grateful to hear from anyone with further details of this record.

Other UK nationals - such as Andrew Murray - have achieved substantially better times than John on supported speed climbs.

UK Unsupported Record on Marangu via Barafu

  • 10 hours 25 mins 20 secs - ascent only
    • unacclimatised, solo, unsupported
      • 24th May 2005

        Overview of corroboration

        GPS profile / barometric altimeter & HRM / summit photo NB: magnify JPEG images for details

        Comprehensive verification

        The following method of speed ascent record verification represents the most up to date, foolproof, reliable, indisputable and transparent means of public scrutiny to date. To examine the proofs for these records:

        GPS verification

        • download and install a free trial of Memory Map software
          • download and open this low resolution geo-referenced Kilimanjaro map onto which the GPS-captured overlay files will be laid
            • download the men’s MMO files here and here
              • once overlay files are opened onto the Kilimanjaro map you’ll be able to hover your mouse over any point on the route and get a read-out of the athletes: time from start, instantaneous speed, altitude, etc. Garmin will confirm that these 3 dimensional positional files are not programmable and are therefore tamperproof

                Where dense tree canopy cover (ie. below around 2,700m) prohibits GPS reception the following verifies the athlete’s elevation progress and cardiovascular output, also confirming that the attempt was not mechanically assisted:

                Heart rate / barometric altimeter verification

                • download and install a free trial of Polar Precision Performance software
                  • then download the athlete’s Polar heart rate / barometric altimeter files
                    • note that during capture of Polar active files the altimeter cannot be recalibrated without terminating the file. Assuming an authentic starting elevation this feature makes these files tamperproof. Barometric altimeters will however have an error of up to 5% when not calibrated over a course of approximately 4,000m height gain.
                      MOEV 801
                      April 2024

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                      SESH 1501
                      March 2024

                      Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

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                      SESH 801
                      March 2024

                      On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      February 2024

                      On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      SESH 1001
                      February 2024

                      On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      IRPR 1401
                      December 2023

                      On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      JORE 1401
                      December 2023

                      Day 1: On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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                      At high altitudes, it is common to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS). Approximately three-quarters of individuals at elevations above 3,000 metres can expect to encounter mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness depends on various factors, including elevation, rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. During the normal process of acclimatisation, many people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to understand that the mild discomfort accompanying this adaptation is considered normal and acceptable.

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                      Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, please keep an eye out for a Team Mount Everest driver holding a sign with your name. The driver will transport you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu, where you will spend the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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                      Assuming climbers are able to obtain competitive flight fares all the way into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) this is almost always the best means of reaching us and getting into position to begin your climb or safari. During the process of booking with us we will request your flight details and will sENd one of our drivers to meet your flight. Our driver will usually be wearing a black Team Mount Everest T-Shirt and carrying a placard with the name of the main correspondent representing your climb group.

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                      A BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator is a tool used to estimate an individual's body fatness based on their height and weight. It provides a numerical value that indicates whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI calculation is based on the principle that a person's weight should be proportionate to their height. To use a BMI calculator, you input your weight and height, and the calculator calculates your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres. The resulting BMI value is then compared to standard ranges to determine the person's weight category. While BMI is a useful screening tool, it doesn't directly measure body fat percentage or consider factors such as muscle mass or distribution of fat. It serves as a starting point for assessing an individual's weight status and can be a helpful tool in monitoring overall health and weight management.

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