In June 2011 we will be taking on the 8 day challenge which is climbing Kilimanjaro
So let’s start with a bit about the mountain; Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at an elevation of 5,895m and the fourth highest of the Seven Summits. Kilimanjaro is considered the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and is composed of three distinct volcanic cones. Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometer Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that encompasses every ecological life zone including tropical jungle, savannah, and desert to montane forests, subalpine plants, and the alpine zone above timberline.
The biggest challenge and danger is the high altitude. Climbers die from improper acclimatization and altitude Sickness rather than falls. Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.
So why are we taking on this challenge I hear you ask? As well as being a huge personal challenge we are also aiming to raise £7,500 in aid of Marie Curie cancer care. Let’s tell you a bit about the charity:
Marie Curie Cancer Care was established in 1948 – the same year as the NHS.
More than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals help provide care for terminally ill patients in the community and in their hospices, along with support for their families. This year they expect to provide care to around 29,000 people with cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Their nurses now care for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home. They work through the night or during the day to provide care for patients in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.
They also provide practical and emotional support for carers and families at what can be an exhausting time. Marie Curie Nursing is always free of charge to patients and carers.
I am sure, like us, you will have lost people to cancer. This is a big commitment for both of us for training and fund raising and we thank our families and friends for their support over the coming months to help us get there.
If you are able to support this great charity you can donate via our charity giving page at:
We will be updating the Zircon Blog and Twitter page on a regular basis.
Jason and Sarah