Irish woman dies climbing Kilimanjaro for charity

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Irish woman dies climbing Kilimanjaro for charity

August 2nd, 2017|News Bulletins|

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 across a report of an Irishwoman, Majella Duffy, who died while trekking on Kilimanjaro last month from altitude sickness. The article, printed in the Irish Times, is based around an interview with her local priest, Canon Michael Leamy, who talks about how difficult it’s been to come to terms with the death, and how it all feels surreal.

Canon Leamy recalls how they had organised a coffee morning to raise funds for the Irish Heart Foundation and told mourners at Majella’s funeral. “None of us who called that day could have envisaged what is taking place here today.”

It is understood that Ms Duffy became ill at about 4000m, and although she was attended to by a doctor who was on the trek, her condition worsened and she later died on the mountain. According to the report, Ms Duffy was climbing in memory of her father, who had died from a heart condition.


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.