Woman agreed to climb Kilimanjaro thinking it was in Wales

Just in case you missed this one, earlier this month several UK newspapers reported the story of a woman who had agreed to accompany her daughter on a climb up Kilimanjaro - only she thought it was in Wales. Apparently, Nikki Barnett, from Nuneaton, had always had trouble pronouncing Welsh place names and so assumed that, because she [...]

September 21st, 2017|News Bulletins|

New record for oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro!

It's finally been officially confirmed that Dr Fred Distelhorst, a retired orthodontist from Vail, Colorado, has become, at 88, the oldest person ever to climb Kilimanjaro. Dr Distelhorst climbed with his grand-daughter, Ellen Edgerton, who was already in Tanzania volunteering for a charity project. The duo took six days to climb Africa's highest mountain, finally reaching [...]

Benefits cheat jailed after climbing Kilimanjaro

Mark Lloyd, 33, an ex-soldier from Pontypridd in South Wales, was today jailed for 20 weeks for benefit fraud. Mr Lloyd claimed that he was unable to walk more than 50m in order to claim thousands of pounds in disability benefits - yet during this time he then spent on activities such as climbing Kilimanjaro and [...]

Irish woman dies climbing Kilimanjaro for charity

In amongst all the fun and enjoyment that happens when climbing Kilimanjaro, it's easy to forget how dangerous the mountain can be. Because Africa's highest mountain definitely has a dark side, with around half a dozen people dying each year in their attempts to conquer it. This was brought home to me recently when I came [...]