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Skating Up Mount Kilimanjaro
Eddy Matzger and Dave Cooper - January 1998

The story of Eddy Matzger and Dave Cooper's 1998 skate Mount Kilimanjaro Africa, told in their own own words, photos, and video clips.

Eddy and Dave
Eddy and Dave at Gilmans Point
Photo reprinted with permission from Dave Cooper


In January of 1998, Eddy Matzger and Dave Cooper skated up 19,340-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. They both wore special-purpose off-road inline skates. Eddy skated up the mountain on Roces Enduros and Dave wore Rollerblade Coyotes (see "Off Road Skates" for more information about these skates). They started the climb on January 9 and reached the top six days later. Here's the whole story, with photos and videoclips.

The Press
When I originally wrote this article for About.com back in 1999 I included links to articles in the Detroit News, Inlineskate.com, and Skating.com, but those articles have disappeared from the Web. I will try to get permission to reprint all of those articles at SkateLog.com

Dave Cooper's Story
Dave's articles and photos of the trip are no longer available at InlineSkate.com but I will try to get permission from Dave to publish them here.

Eddy Matzger's Story
  • Article by Eddy Matzger
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