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Dead Sea to Everest 5.8 – part 1 – Charlie Engle

Fewer than 500 people have summited all Seven Summits and no one has achieved Charlie Engle and André Kajlich´s goal:
To be the first athletes to trek from the lowest point to the highest summit on every continent.

While it’s over 4,500 miles from the lowest place on our planet, the shore of the Dead Sea, to its highest peak on Mount Everest, these iconic ends of the earth are separated by a mere 5.8 vertical miles.

It was the first big push of the Brazil 135, a 135-mile ultramarathon that includes 33,000 feet of climbing through the mountains of Brazil, Charlie passed André inching his way up the hill in his wheelchair, and stopped to wish him luck.

Once out of earshot, Charlie turned to his friends and said: “There’s no way that dude is finishing this thing.” 
 62 and-a-half hours later, André proved him wrong.

The next morning at breakfast, Charlie told a proud, smiling (and tired) Andre’ what he’d said to his friends. Over the next few months, working on an article for Runner’s World, André and Charlie shared their stories, finding a great deal of common ground and shared dreams.

Together, they came up with a plan to trek from the lowest to the highest point of all 7 continents.

And now, with your support, they’re poised to make history!

Starting August 28, 2019, Charlie and Andre will journey from the depths of Lake Assal in Djibouti to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

While this expedition is most certainly about taking on huge physical challenges, it will actually be about much more than that. 5.8 Africa will lead Charlie and Andre through a journey of deep self-exploration, while inviting followers to dig deeper into their own hearts, examining motivation and each person’s individual impact on the world we inhabit together.

Charlie and Andre will begin their expedition at Lake Assal in Djiboti, Africa’s lowest land elevation. From there, they will traverse the magical Rift Valley, through Ethiopia and Kenya, arriving finally at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. This is where twenty other adventure seekers come in, and YOU can be in that group — to meet Charlie and Andre on the final leg of the Africa Expedition: CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO.

You can do more than stay home and watch this adventure unfold! You’re invited to meet our 5.8 ADVENTURE TEAM in Tanzania to summit Mount Kilimanjaro September 16 – 25, 2019.
You can summit Kilimanjaro with Charlie Engle, Andre Kajlich and the rest of the 5.8 intrepid adventurers. It will be a spectacular experience.
The Expedition will finish with you at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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The event is finished.


Aug 11 2020

Event info

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Start: Djibouti, Africa

Location 2

Finish: Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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  • Andre Kajlich

    I’m an endurance athlete, a motivational speaker, and a record-setting wheelchair athlete who has competed in ultra-endurance races around the world.

    A slice of my story: In 2003, I was hit and run over by a subway train while studying in the Czech Republic. One leg had to be amputated at the hip, the other halfway down my femur.

    Learning to walk again was harder than any Ironman, but the process gave me a newfound commitment to tackling challenges and proving what we’re all capable of.

    Check out Andre’s past and upcoming adventures on https://www.andrekajlich.com

  • Charlie Engle

    Running helped Charlie Engle to push through struggle and leave his crack and alcohol addiction behind.

    With Kevin Lin and Ray Zahab he crossed the Sahara desert for clean water projects in Africa. Their expedition started in 2006 and lasted 111 days, taking them through 6 countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt. By the team’s daily GPS record, they had traveled over 4,300 miles (6,920 kilometers). They fought through injury and extreme fatigue to reach their goal, which changed them forever.

    As a team of six runners he ran across the US in 2016, raising awareness for better access to mental treatments. The Icebreaker Run was a 3,100 mile relay. All six runners were in recovery from some type of mental health issue. Each of them took turns running, so they could keep going 24 hours a day for 24 straight days.
    Their goal was to bring awareness to the need for better access to mental health treatments for those suffering from depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder or substance abuse.
    “This run was amazing because it allowed me to be selfish and selfless at the same time. I was able to run across the country, feeding my passion, while also doing good in the world. My teammates and crew and the amazing volunteers made this run a huge success,” Charlie says.

    During his next expedition Dead Sea to Everest – 5.8, Charlie will push his limits again. He’ll swim, free dive, run, paddle, mountain bike and climb from the lowest to the highest point of the planet. He’ll share his challenges and how the turned them into great stories.

    Check out his website for his past and upcoming adventures, and follow him along:

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