News April-June 2012
New book on climbing Kilimanjaro
Posted by Henry at 8:05 am, June 29th 2012.
I’ve just had the privilege of reading a new account of one woman’s climb up Kilimanjaro. Deb Denis, a life coach from Pennsylvania, USA, was in her late forties when she attempted to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. The book is titled “Kilimanjaro: One Woman’s Journey to the Roof of Africa and Beyond”. Having read through it, I found it possibly the most comprehensive account of one person’s climb I’ve come across, covering not only why and when she did it but, perhaps most important of all, how she did it too. A clearly likeable person venturing out of her comfort zone, Deb spent a year preparing for her African adventure, which begins in one of the smallest countries on the continent and ends on its largest mountain. The story of her journey – in both the physical and the personal sense – is an entertaining and thought-provoking one. You can read more about her journey on her website, www.HerSoloSummit.com, which contains some decent pictures to accompany the text. Presumably there will also, in time, be a link so that you can buy the book directly from her.
Climb for research into prostate cancer
Posted by Henry at 3:25 pm, June 27th 2012.
Next month, Dave Jones will attempt to conquer Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in aid of the charity Prostate Cancer UK. Dave was inspired to attempt such a feat after learning that his dad was diagnosed with the condition. Thankfully, Dave’s dad’s treatment seems to be going well; nevertheless, there is a growing need to raise awareness and fund research and we applaud Dave for choosing this charity as the beneficiary of all his hard work on the mountain!
You can read more about David’s chosen charity – and sponsor him – by visiting his justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/dave-jones5.
For more information on prostrate cancer, please see http://www.prostate-cancer.org.uk/information
Dave also said that a mention on this website ‘…will give me an added incentive to leave the tent each day and I’ll do my very best to reach the summit!’ We hope this has done the trick, David – GOOD LUCK!
Climb for Parkinson’s Disease charity
Posted by Henry at 8:42 am, June 8th 2012.
In August 2012 Roger Long, from Monument, Colorado, will be battling against the odds and elements in his attempt to reach the very pinnacle of Africa, Uhuru Peak, at the top of Kilimanjaro. Roger will be climbing as part of Team Fox and is hoping to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, founded and named after the ‘Back to the Future’ star who was diagnosed with the disease several years ago. The charity is particularly close to Roger’s heart, as he too has been battling against the disease for over nine years now, and was forced to retire from his employment at just 40. Nevertheless, a new diet and exercise regime helped Roger to combat some of the worst symptoms of the disease, and over the past couple of years Roger has hiked over 1400 miles in various locations around the US – though Kili, we confidently predict, will be his toughest challenge yet!
To find out more about both the charity and Roger, and to donate money, please visit the following webpage:
We do of course wish Roger every success, and will let you know how he gets on later this year. Good luck Roger!
Climb for Practical Action with Student Adventures.
Posted by Henry at 5:47 pm, April 6th 2012.
On 7 September 2012 Lucy Hadaway will begin the adventure of a lifetime as she attempts to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. Her aim is twofold: to reach the fabled summit of Kilimanjaro; and to raise £2500 for Practical Adventures, a charity that aims to reduce poverty around the world by employing modern technology. Simply put, the charity finds out what people in poverty are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology they enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions – transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them. They use low-cost, small-scale development solutions to help people to help themselves. All activites are always people focused, locally relevant and environmentally sensitive. You can read more about their work at http://practicalaction.org/.
Should you wish to help Lucy reach her ambitious target, please visit her justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Lucy-Hadaway .
We do of course wish Lucy every success – and hope to let you know how she gets on later in September.
Good luck Lucy!