The two highest peaks of Africa: Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. The notion of tackling both summits back-to-back would mean scaling 36,398 vertical feet and covering 99 miles. Physically grueling to do either peak alone, in the fall of 2016 Hans Rey, Gerhard Czerner, and Danny MacAskill had a more ambitious idea: to do both on mountain bikes. The daunting feat—never attempted until now—was documented by Freeride Entertainment in their new short film, “Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness."
Hans "No Way" Rey achieved the first ascent/descent of Mount Kenya in 2004. Martin Bissig Photo.
Professional Mountain Bike Guide Gerhard Czerner corners on his way back to Shipton's camp on Mount Kenya. Martin Bissig Photo.
The team departs from the Kibo Huts as they head towards Kilimanjaro's summit. Martin Bissig Photo.
To be fair Mount Kenya was meant to be a “warm up," for Africa’s tallest peak—the 19,341-foot—Kilimanjaro, which has never had an ascent/descent propelled by bicycle. The thing about mountaineering by bicycle, it requires four times the amount of human effort. So for these riders the appeal is never the climb. You do this kind of trek for the descent.
The Wheels4Life center near Nairobi, which provides free bicycles to the local community. Martin Bissig Photo.
Follow their journey in 25-minute film as team battles the full gamut of pure exhaustion and altitude sickness to achieve their journey to the roof of Africa. A feat with the greater purpose of bringing awareness to Rey’s non-profit: Wheels 4 Life.