British pensioner conquers Kilimanjaro

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British pensioner conquers Kilimanjaro

A British pensioner aged 75 has just returned after successfully scaling Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro . Tony Simmonds, from Surrey, did most of his training in the hills around Malaga in Spain, where he lives for part of the year. Indeed, Tony is a member of The Field Club walking club of Fuengirola and the Senderistas walking group of Torreblanca which meet regularly to stroll around the hills in the local area. Though as he admits – and as most people who tackle Kili will surely agree – nothing can prepare you for the demands of Kilimanjaro, where the climatic conditions are much harsher and the air is, of course, much, much thinner. Nevertheless, as we always advocate, any walking you can do in preparation of a Kilimanjaro climb is beneficial, and the more hiking you can do the better. it may not help you much when it comes to getting to the summit, but it will certainly make you enjoy it more!

Following his October climb Tony described the last hour to the summit as the toughest thing he has ever done. Nevertheless, he made it to the summit on October 9th 2014, together with by his son Jeremy and daughter Wendy. In total they raised €3,000 for Cudeca, a local cancer charity and hospice in Malaga, in the process.

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.