Albertan Martin Parnell, 57, has just raised the endurance bar while raising money for charity. On March 6th, he ran the Kilimanjaro Marathon, in Tanzania. Just three days later, he climbed Africa’s highest mountain in less than 24 hours.
“It’s normally a six-day climb, but I summited in 21 hours,” said the semi-retired mining engineer from his home in Cochrane, Alta.
“It was brutal…The real challenge on this [quest] was the altitude. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet high, and the highest I could get to [in Cochrane was] 8,000 feet. There was really nothing I could do to prepare. So, it was really on an act of faith,” he said.