A Mt. Kili Madness Summary

On Friday 26th September 2014 at 11.15am at the very roof of Africa an intrepid group of cricketers left the crater of Kilimanjaro having achieved the highest game of cricket ever played.  At three and a half miles into the sky this record was named KiliMadness and, as they trudged off the field after a mammoth 4 hours at the summit of Kilimanjaro, they certainly felt like it was madness. 

At 5752m (18,871 feet) this record attempt beat the previous record by over 600m – a distance equivalent to twice the height of the Shard in London.

At the end an exhausted team, led by England’s women’s vice captain Heather Knight, mustered whatever little energy they still had left to high-five and hug to celebrate the victory over Ashley Giles’s team.  The Rhino’s had defeated the Gorilla’s and, in doing so, had secured one of the most daring and unusual record attempts the world has ever witnessed.  

It was this moment that produced one of the most poignant moments during the whole of KiliMadness.  As the game closed out Heather Knight went back on the pitch to claim one of the match stumps.  This particular cricketing gesture, for those not in the know, bestows honour on a match that the player considers hugely significant to their career.  For an international cricketer, who’ll win numerous Ashes tests and many other honours, to do this was one thing but to open her personal tally was quite something.   

All of this was part of a project called Mt. Kili Madness which aims to raise over £200,000 for Cancer Research UK, Tusk, and The Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation - more details on how to donate can be found online at www.mtkilimadness.com.

For Matthew Weihs’ personal account of the adventure, please read more here.

Excerpts:

"The final climb is brutal. We were woken up (for those who could sleep) at 12.30am in freezing -20oC temperatures. Having prepared ourselves for the climb by going to bed fully clothed (5 layers including our cricket whites) we set off, single file, into a bank of darkness."

"At 5200m the sunrise was magnificent – an orange and red hue rise that defined the earth’s curve. A moment, perhaps overlooked at the time, but one which was unique and unrivalled."