News: Lupe Fiasco Conquers His "Fears" After Completing Mt. Kilimanjaro Journey
Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010 5:45PM
Today, Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco and a team of celebrities have reached their goal of conquering Mountain Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean water crisis.
According to reports, the climb was completed on Tuesday (January 12).
After six intense days of hiking and climbing, the group set out for their final trek at 1:30am local time and after nearly seven hours reached the Uhuru peak which generally has only a 75% success rate. Each participant battled a plethora of physical and natural elements over the past week to make the ascent. Between coping with weather ranging from rain, hail, snow and the effects of altitude, including headaches, dizziness and fatigue among other ailments all made the over 50 mile journey that much more arduous. Immediately after summiting, the group descended for an additional six plus hours of hiking to 12000 feet, where they will make their final night of camp. (Press Release)
Lupe was accompanied by a number of celebrities.
The final push to the top started at 1:30 am on Jan 12. Seven hours and 19,340 ft later the group posed for the above picture at Uhuru Peak. The climb was organized by Ethiopian-born musician Kenna, whose father lost several family members due to waterborne illnesses. Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch, Fiasco and Kenna were joined on the climb by UN Foundation executive Elizabeth Gore, Alexandria Cousteau (granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau), photographer Michael Muller and Kirk Kennedy (granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy). (Zap 2 It)
Lupe has already shared his post-climb reaction to the journey.
Fellow climbers Lupe Fiasco and Emile Hirsch shared their thoughts after summiting. Hirsch said, "The last 48 hours have been the most intense and physically grueling experience of my life, miraculously we all made it to the top together. To have such a complete success for such a worthwhile cause - the global clean water crisis - more than reaching the summit is what is really satisfying " Lupe added, "The thrill of conquering your fears especially in such a physically and mentally taxing environment can't really be done justice in words." (Summit On The Summit)
Interested fans will be able to view the intense adventure this spring.
Before their strenuous climb, the trekkers underwent intense training to prepare for the mountain's physical demands and extreme changes in weather. Temperatures were at nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of the expedition and will drop to close to 0 degrees on the last day. The crew's climb will be chronicled in a 90-minute documentary slated to air March 14 at 9 p.m. on MTV. (The Boom Box)