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Breaking a world record with Intel

On the 27th of September 2015, Julio Ludago will attempt to climb Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro in record time.

Here’s a question for you. How long do you think it takes a professional mountaineer to climb a mountain 5,895 metres above sea level? Up and down.

Three days? A week?

The answer is 6 hours, 56 minutes and 24 seconds. That’s the current world record held for ascending and descending Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest free-standing mountain. It was set in 2014 by Swiss-Ecuadorian Karl Egloff.

But now, Julio Ludago, a professional climber from Tanzania, is on a mission to break this record. He will be embarking on his lifelong dream to leave a legacy in Africa.

And he’ll be doing it with the help of Intel technology.

Climbing with Intel tech

Basis PeakTM

Basis Peak

For the average climber, local guides of Mt. Kilimanjaro suggest doing the climb in 7 to 9 days. This gives you the highest chance of success and the lowest risk of altitude sickness.

To go up and down the mountain in less than 7 hours, then, requires some serious fitness levels.

To help Julio keep an eye on his fitness, health and optimal ascending / descending pace, Intel is equipping him with the Basis Peak™. This nifty wearable fitness tracker keeps 24/7 track of your heart rate zones, movements, perspiration and skin temperature. It’s also water resistant (in case of drizzle and fog) and has a battery life of up to 4 days – not that Julio will need it.

2 in 1

2 in 1Julio has also been equipped with the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi, powered by the Intel® Core™ M processor. Even though the device is super light and thin (weighing in at only 720g and 7.6mm thick) and able to operate under low temperature and atmospheric pressure, Julio won’t be taking it up the mountain with him. Instead, he has been using it during his preparation phase. With the help of the 2 in 1 device, Julio has been tracking weather conditions, recording his journey through photos and videos, following a schedule and measuring his progress.

#TheClimbAfrica: Following Julio on his climb

Now that you’ve heard about all the technology that will assist Julio, it’s time to see it in action. If you are interested in cheering Julio on and tracking his climb time, you can follow the journey on social media.

From the 27th of September onwards, follow the handles @JulioLudago, @IntelEastAfrica, @Intel_Africa and @IntelWestAfrica and use the hashtag #TheClimbAfrica.

You can also follow the Intel Kenya, Intel South Africa and Intel Nigeria Facebook pages.

Good luck, Julio! Our full Intel support – and your Intel based equipment – is with you all the way.


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