|Carl Haupt sets new Guiness Record|
|Carl F. Haupt of Benson, AZ became the oldest person (at age 78) to reach the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro on August 30, 2004. The event was recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records.
What is most astonishing is that Carl Haupt did this in an effort to raise money for the poor Mexican community of Agua Prieta. The climb of the 19,335 foot peak brought in pledges totaling $12,000 for his Starfish Difference organization.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free standing mountain.
Carl you are an inspiration to us all!
To see pictures and learn more on Carl Haupt's adventure and organization, please click: Starfish Difference.
Update: Carl returned to Mount Kilimanjaro in the Fall of 2005 and climbed it again - all 19,335 feet! Also during the Fall of 2005 he climbed Mt. Whitney (14,491 feet high), Mt. Fuji (12,387 feet high), and from the base of the Grand Canyon to the top (6,860 feet high). All total, he climbed 53, 078 feet this Fall alone!
His next feat will be to hike across the US from Santa Monica, CA to Jacksonville, FL in 2006. He will only be 80 years young at that point!
All this to raise money for the village of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.