This Sunday, February 18, 2007, over 600 athletes from about 12 countries will gather in the town of Buea at the foot of Mount Cameroon, West Africa's tallest mountain. for one of the most grueling but least known extreme sports events in the world; the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope.
Mt. Fako Towering over the Town of Buea (c) Bobby10 - flickr
The race kicks off in the Molyko stadium in scorching tropical temperatures. As athletes scale the mountain slopes, they go through a dizzying array of climatic and geographical zones;
from a dense tropical rainforest to a frigid summit sometimes covered by snow, passing through a prairie-like Savannah region and a barren moonlike area covered with molten lava. The downward journey is even more treacherous as exhausted athletes are literally pushed down the steep slopes by the unforgiving force gravity.
Braving the frigid temperatures on the way to the summit (c) Maurus Rohrer
Chicago in February? No, Mt. Fako Summit in February (c) Maurus Rohrer
Running downhill in the Savannah region (c) Maurus Rohrer
Visit the Bakwerirama website for additional information and pictures of "the Chariots of the gods".