Stuck in an East African prison camp in 1943, Italian POW Felice Benuzzi needed a challenge to regain his sense of purpose. He made a plan that seemed crazy — to break out of the camp, climb Mount Kenya, and break back in. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll follow Benuzzi and two companions as they try to climb the second-highest mountain in Africa using homemade equipment.
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Sources for our feature on Felice Benuzzi:
Felice Benuzzi, No Picnic on Mount Kenya, 1953.
Matthew Power and Keridwen Cornelius, “Escape to Mount Kenya,” National Geographic Adventure 9:7 (September 2007), 65-71.
Stephan Wilkinson, “10 Great POW Escapes,” Military History 28:4 (November 2011),…