Karl Egloff, 35, was born in Quito to a Swiss father and an Ecuadorian mother. Since an early age his father Charly, a renowned Swiss mountaineer in Ecuador, took him along on his expeditions where Karl found his passion for the mountain. At age 15 he had already ascended mountains more than 5,000 meters high over 250 times and had surpassed the barrier of 6,000 meters above sea level 30 times. Now he is a tour leader and owner of his own mountaineering agency Cumbre Tours since 2013..
In August 2014, Karl gained international notoriety by breaking the world record for speed climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro http://www.globetrek.org/amazing-mount-kilimanjaro-records/ and the upped the ante by crushing the world record to the top and back of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas in February 2015. http://www.climbing.com/news/aconcagua-speed-record-smashed-again/ His project is to do the 7 summits for fastest known times in speed climbing.
Karl is known for more than his mountaineering prowess. He started mountain bike racing in 2008, and since, Karl has won 70 gold medals in national races and has represented Ecuador in over 6 international cycling events, including 2 international participations in the highest category. He now is one of the most respected trail runners in Ecuador and South America with many competitions won locally and internationally.