The first ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro

In early October, German weekly publication ‘Der Spiegel’ published on its daughter website ‘EinesTages’ an interesting article about the first ascent of Kilimanjaro by Hans Meyer (scion of the famous Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon family) in 1889. After two failed expeditions (the first failed due to lack of equipment, the second due to an uprising), the third expedition finally led Hans Meyer and the Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller successfully to their destination, the roof of Africa. Hans Meyer determined the height of the Kibo peak at 6000 meters using a boiling point thermometer. Only after a new measurement in 1952 the height was corrected to 5898 meters. The ‘EinesTages’ Article also refers to Yohana Kinyala Lauwo, a member of the Kilimanjaro based Chagga Tribe who (allegedly) accompanied Meyer to the summit. The full article can be found here:

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